Windsor Terrace Library, Brooklyn, NYC


This one-story library sits at an intersection that must look very different from it did before the library was completed. According to the library’s website, the site was delayed because in the early 1960s, the Gowanus Expressway cut a swath right through the neighborhood in order to connect with Ocean Parkway. Therefore, several blocks were cleared and today the library faces a large playground created during the construction.

The library building is oriented toward the corner with a small plaza carved out at the point within the library’s concave shape. The branch opened in 1969 and was designed by Gustave W. Iser, an architect who mostly designed apartment buildings in Manhattan, the Bronx, and surrounding areas, with a few structures as far away as California.


The main exterior details here are the uniquely patterned exterior walls topped by glass block and a dark brown brick.




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