Public School 116 (The Elizabeth Farrell School)

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

515 Knickerbocker Avenue

ARCHITECT: James W. Naughton

DATE: 1897-99

STYLE: Romanesque Revival

Bay Ridge Brooklyn Romanesque Revival

Public School 116, a four-story brick and terracotta building erected between 1897 and 1899, was designed in the late Romanesque Revival style with some Classical detailing by James W. Naughton, the Superintendent of Buildings for the Board of Education of the City of Brooklyn. Built to address the educational needs of children in the surrounding neighborhood of southern Bushwick, it is a handsome example of the urban school house that was a significant element in the nineteenth-century streetscape.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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