Administration Building, Queens Botanical Gardens

Address: Queens Botanical Gardens
Neighborhood: Flushing
Architect:  Brodsky Hopf and Adler
Year: 1963
Current Status: Demolished
Award:  Bronze Plaque for Public Buildings
Typology:  Public Building

This administration building was constructed in 1963, on the site of the new Queens Botanical Garden. The previous garden was in Flushing Meadows Park but was moved to a neighboring plot to accommodate construction for the 1963-64 World’s Fair. The building had stone walls and glass expanses to allow for viewing out onto the garden. Slate floors, exposed wooden beams, and wooden decks also helped the building blend into its surroundings.

In 2007, the building was demolished and a new building opened; the structure was designed by BKSK Architects and had the distinction of being the first building in New York City to achieve LEED Platinum rating for sustainability. It also won a Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Award. The new one was placed along the edge of the garden closest to Dahlia Avenue and the site of the old building, which was closer to the front gates was replaced with an entrance courtyard and water features.

Sources:

Gonchar, Joann, “Case Study: Queens Botanical Garden.” GreenSource. Apr 2008. Web.

“Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Center” bkskarch.com. Web.

Administration Building, Queens Botanical Gardens

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