2. The Drayton Hotel
When Irene gets into a taxi from the toy store, she realizes that the cab driver also thinks she is white and suggests a stop in the Drayton Hotel. The exterior of the Drayton Hotel in Passing is filmed at the Center for Brooklyn History (formerly the Brooklyn Historical Society), also located in Brooklyn Heights. The red building, located at the intersection of Pierrepont Street and Clinton Street, was designed by the architect George B. Post in 1881. The history of the Center for Brooklyn History goes back to 1863, when it was founded as the Long Island Historical Society (when Brooklyn was part of Long Island).
The interior scenes at the Drayton Hotel were filmed elsewhere (continue reading to discover where) and the interior of the Center for Brooklyn History appears later in the film as part of a different scene.