Brooklyn Academy of Music Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

30 Lafayette Ave

ARCHITECT: Herts & Tallant

DATE: 1855-59

STYLE: Italianate, Italian Renaissance Revival

Brooklyn Italian Renaissance Revival Italianate

Designated September 26, 1978

Local architects designed this neighborhood of three- and four-story Italianate row houses between 1855 and 1859. A few rare homes with cast-iron facades were added in the 1870s. In 1908 the Brooklyn Academy of Music, founded in 1861, built its new headquarter designed by Herts & Tallant in the Italian Renaissance Revival style here. The 1929 Williamsburgh Savings Bank with its 512-foot tower was the tallest building in Brooklyn, until The Brooklyner opened in 2010.

STATUS Designated Historic District

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The Fort Greene is typical of a 19th-century Brooklyn, residential neighborhood. Blocks of Italianate, Queen Anne and Neo-Grec style brownstone and brick row houses were built here between 1855 and 1875. Fort Greene Park was the site of a Revolutionary War battle and is the...

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“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”

Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance

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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site

Local Voices

“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”

Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension

Local Voices

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Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society