Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #43

Prospect Park Boathouse

Architect: Helmle & Huberty
Style: Beaux Arts
Use: Education
Opened: 1904
Borough: Brooklyn

On the eastern end of Prospect Park’s Lullwater of the Lake, this iron lamped confection was designed by protégés of McKim, Meade, and White, whose style it strongly resembles. With a terra cotta exterior and gorgeous Guastavino tiles inside, it now houses the Audubon Center which hosts learning programs there focusing on the many natural elements of the park. It is also frequently rented out for weddings and other formal events. Brooklyn poet Marianne Moore was one of many who campaigned for the building to be declared a New York City Landmark, which it became in 1968.

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