Designated June 26, 2001
The former Sunset Park Court House is an impressive Classical Revival style building. It is one of only two courthouse buildings known to have been designed by Mortimer D. Metcalfe, a New York architect who assisted with the design of Grand Central Terminal, served as New York State Deputy Architect under State Architect Franklin Ware, and independently designed several buildings in Palm Beach, Florida.
The Sunset Park Court House was built in 1931 to house the magistrates’ and municipal courts and today is one of the neighborhood’s few remaining civic buildings. Its imposing Ionic-columned porticos on the 42nd and 43rd street facades and its grand quoins culminating in American eagle capitals, moldings, meticulously-articulated limestone details, and window treatment make the Sunset Park Court House a rich and faithful translation of the Classical Revival style.
*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
Sunset Park’s standout building type is the masonry rowhouse. In fact, Sunset Park contains one of the earliest and most extensive concentrations of two-family masonry rowhouses in the city. Mostly built between 1885 and 1912, these stunning blocks are accented by commercial thoroughfares and institutional...Explore the Neighborhood >
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