Brooklyn Carnegie Libraries: DeKalb Branch

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

790 Bushwick Avenue

CLIENT: Brooklyn Public Library

ARCHITECT: William B. Tubby

DATE: 1905

STYLE: Classical Revival

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Designation date: May, 2004

The Brooklyn Public Library’s DeKalb Branch, located in Bushwick, was constructed in 1904-05 as one of the first branch libraries built in the Borough of Brooklyn with the money provided by Andrew Carnegie’s multi-million dollar gift. The DeKalb Branch was the first of five library designs by noted architect William B. Tubby, who served on the Architects’ commission for the Brooklyn Carnegie branches. This building followed the stylistic guidelines agreed upon by that group: a free-standing, brick and limestone building in the Classical revival style. Its double-height windows provided much light and air for the users of the building while the rounded apse at the rear allowed for a spacious, two-story area for book stacks.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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