1. Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza

Located right next to the entrance to Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Public Library is easily recognizable due to its massive and striking entranceway, with its fifty-foot columns embellished with luminescent light-gold figures.

The library was made mostly of unblemished limestone, a smooth light material broken only by its stunning entranceway. Above the entrance’s doors, the sculptor Thomas H. Jones designed fifteen squares, each bearing the insignia of a unique character from American literature. Edgar Allan Poe‘s Raven, Moby Dick, Tom Sawyer, and many other classic characters are featured.

Below Jones’ designs, C. Paul Jennewin also created fifteen squares that hold golden reliefs of important figures in the development of science and art. Its columns are also emblazoned with the golden silhouettes of famous mythological figures.

The library is a tribute to learning and literature, an inviting and imposing presence that touches on modern Art Deco elements while honoring the thinkers and icons of the past that made modernity into what it is today.

For more, check out this list of the top 10 postmodern buildings of the Bronx and this list of 14 beautiful vintage Art Deco mailboxes in NYC.

And don’t forget to experience New York’s Art Deco wonders in person by signing up for Untapped Cities’ Art Deco walking tour series with Anthony W. Robins, author of “New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture” and resident Art Deco expert.

Walking Tour of New York Art Deco Architecture (Part II)

More dates and itineraries available here.