Brooklyn District Public Health Office, Brooklyn, NYC

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This Health Department building in Bedford-Stuyvesant dates from 1954. It’s a boxy, rambling design in orange brick with a central limestone entrance tower. There is minimal exterior detailing, although there is horizontal brick striping around the window at the upper levels and a projecting aluminum overhang at the entrance. .

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Harry M. Prince was the architect. Working both on his own and in a partnership with Sylvan Bien, he designed numerous apartment buildings, public housing complexes and commercial structures. He’s probably most well known for Manhattan’s Carlyle Hotel. Prince also is responsible for at least two health centers (including this one). A red brick design on Flatbush Avenue could be the other.

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