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Brooklyn Historical
Main facade at Court and Pierrrepont Streets.

Built in 1881 as the Long Island Historical Society, architect George B. Post's building design uses a progressive structural and materials assemblies.  A unique long-span structure provides a column-free library space and the building is one of the first extensive exterior uses of ornamental terra cotta in the United States.  Both the exterior and interior of the building are designated New York City Landmarks.

While at the office of Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Scott Demel surveyed the Brooklyn Historical Society and produced design and construction documents for adaptive re-use of the gallery and basement spaces for educational and exhibition spaces, and documents for exterior restoration and reconstruction.  Scott coordinated all consultants, including the integration of museum-quality environmental systems and other fire protection and electrical systems for this historic interior.


Lucy G. Moses Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy, 2004

The Preservation League of New York State, Excellence in Preservation, 2004

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