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View looking south toward Avenue H shows the temporary trackage is now in use with a train of trolley-wire powered elevated cars making a station stop at Fiske Terrace. The Avenue H station house (middle left) is still Ackerson’s office, and the original BRT station house can be glimpsed to the left of the more substantial Ackerson building. A steam loco in work service can also be seen.
weeks and months, various interested and knowledgeable parties were contacted and interviewed. A public hearing on June 15 heard ten speakers representing political representatives, the Community Board, the Fiske Terrace Association, the Brooklyn Borough Historian, the Midwood Park Home Owners Association and the Historic Districts Council in support of landmark designation. There were no speakers in opposition. On June 24, 2004 the combined efforts of many people and organizations came to fruition when the Avenue H Station House (a.k.a. 802 East 16th Street or 1518-
1524 Avenue H, Brooklyn NY) became an official New York City Landmark.
Landmark Designatio
Brings Appreciation
The road to landmark designation engendered a remarkable transformation: what had been viewed as a dispensable fire trap became a valued historical treasure under the scrutiny of the Landmark Commission’s experts.  The designation report, prepared by Landmarks Commission consultant Eve M. Kahn, cited the uniqueness of the station:
“The Avenue H station on the BMT line […] is the city’s only shingled wooden cottage turned
transit station house. Often compared to a country train stop, it originally served as a real estate sales office for developer Thomas Benton Ackerson to sell property in the adjacent neighborhood of Fiske Terrace, an early twentieth century example of planned suburban development. The structure, with a hipped and flared roof and wraparound porch, evokes in miniature the area’s Colonial Revival and Queen Anne houses. After nearly a century of commuter traffic, the Avenue H station remains in service and retains much historic fabric, from a corbelled chimney to peeled log porch columns. It is one of a very small number of wood-frame station houses
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