Brooklyn Museum building There was about a block walk from the subway. The air was pleasantly cool.
© Joan Lansberry, May 2008 (April 2015)

Originally, the Brooklyn museum had a huge staircase, similar to what many other museums have:


"Teachers Institute participants gathered on the Museum's original staircase, 1916" Text and photo © Brooklyn Museum

But by 1934, the staircase began to deteriorate. As it had also been considered difficult to climb, they decided to get rid of the staircase. "At the same time, the Museumís original auditorium, located behind the stairs, was dismantled to create a new entrance lobby on the ground-floor level."
"Front entrance of the Museum as it appeared after removal of the staircase in 1934" Text and photo © Brooklyn Museum

Budgetary problems left the museum building looking like that until 2004, when the Rubin Pavilion was constructed, rectifying the aesthetic imbalance and improving access. "The new 15,000-square-foot shingled-glass pavilion, recalling the staircase of the original McKim, Mead & White entrance, combined with the renovated lobby area of nearly 9,000 square feet, creates an entirely new entrance facility, comprising close to 24,000 square feet. It more than doubles the size of the previous lobby area. Among the amenities is a new, full-service Visitor Center offering information, ticketing, and a range of services to the public." © Brooklyn Museum


A closer view of the museum's front, showing marriage of 'old' and 'new'
© Joan Lansberry, May 2008
Also, you can see part of one of the Murakami sculptures through the glass window.

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