One of Staten Island’s few remaining nineteenth-century public school buildings, the Public School 20 Annex (originally District School 6 of Northfield Township) is a large and architecturally distinctive structure built in the 1890s in the northern, most densely populated section of the island.
Essentially Romanesque Revival in style, P.S. 20 Annex also displays elements drawn from other stylistic traditions, most notably the neoclassical. During this period independent school district boards were responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the building within their district. The original section of the building was constructed in 1891. The addition was begun in 1897 and designed by James Warriner Moulton. The result is an interesting architectural dialogue of similarities and contrasts.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
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