Long Island Business College

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

142 South 8th Street

ARCHITECT: William H. Gaylor

DATE: 1895

STYLE: Romanesque Revival

Brooklyn Romanesque Revival Second Empire Williamsburg

Designated September 17, 2013

Designed by William H. Gaylor, the Long Island Business College was built by Henry C. Wright, who founded Wright’s Business College in Williamsburg in 1873. In 1920, the college itself was sold and moved to a different Brooklyn location, and in 1922, the building reopened as Public School 166. Gaylor based the school’s design on Brooklyn’s recent public schools. The building, which combines the Romanesque Revival and Second Empire styles, and incorporates elements of other contemporary styles, features rough-faced brownstone trim, a five-part facade with central tower and end pavilions, slate-covered mansards, and a convex roof with square cap.

*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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