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surviving in the modern subway system, the only station adapted from a structure built for another function, and the only surviving station from Brooklyn’s once-extensive network of surface train lines, which had originally attracted Ackerson and numerous other developers to the area. […]
“The Avenue H Station House is a one-story wood-frame building clad in wood shingles with a hipped pyramidal roof supported by a wide portico of historic chamfered wood posts that form a wraparound porch,
which originally had supports of peeled-log columns. Originally freestanding, the station house now abuts a brick apartment building on its south side. This façade remains partly exposed, and visitors allowed through the MTA’s locked gates there will find two peeled-log columns still supporting the porch (one painted white, the other a rustic brown). The roof is covered in nonhistoric asphalt shingles and has a central corbelled yellow brick chimney. The undersides of the extended eaves are clad in tongue-and-groove boards each
about two inches wide; a nonhistoric gutter has been added to the eaves. At the intersections of the walls and porch eaves, a band of simple ogee molding encircles the building.”
Soon after the designation, some of the nonhistoric signage was removed and the station is soon to be renovated. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Transit Authority renamed the station “Fiske Terrace-Avenue H” as a final touch for this rescued gem of Brooklyn history?
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Anachronistic incongruity reigns in this late 2004 photo of the interior facing the tracks. Flourescent lights, modern entry gates and a Metrocard vending machine clash with ancient wood flooring and an old-fsahioned radiator. The landmark designation covers only the exterior of the building but renovation may restore historic touches to the interior as well. Photo courtesy Joseph D. Korman
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