Happy Birthday, Brooklyn Museum building!

It was on this day in 1897 that the Brooklyn Museum‘s Beaux Arts building opened on Eastern Parkway.

From the Brooklyn Eagle:

In 1891, the city of Brooklyn made plans to build a large museum near Prospect Park that would house nearly all departments of the newly incorporated Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. The architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White was victorious in a competition held to design a master plan, and the West Wing of the Museum was opened in 1897. A year later Brooklyn was incorporated into New York City, and the independent spirit that fueled the mammoth project was diminished. The central portion of the facade was added in 1905, and in 1907 the East Wing and the Grand Staircase were completed. The original building campaign would come to a halt in 1927 with only one-fourth of McKim, Mead & White’s original conception realized.

In 2004, the museum unveiled a new, modern, glass entryway and public plaza which has proven a popular public space.

Back in my Brooklyn days, I lived within walking distance of the museum and oft admired it as I moseyed over to Prospect Park. You gotta love McKim, Mead, & White.

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