Dayton Beach Park
Address: Beach 81st to Beach 90th and Shore Front Parkway
Neighborhood: Rockaway Beach
Architect: S. J. Kessler and Sons
Current Status: Extant
Award: Bronze Plaque for Apartments
Typology: Apartment Building
Located just across the street from the Rockaway Beach boardwalk, originally these buildings were clad in white brick and probably looked more similar to the Kesslers’ most prominent design, Washington Square Village. Today the buildings have been resurfaced in tan stucco with some dark red horizontal areas and dark red slab balconies which give the buildings a more drab, utilitarian appearance. The five buildings only occupy 11% of the total land but the site is minimally landscaped. The awards program description also states that houses of worship were included in the design, which could possibly refer to the pre-existing St. Rose of Lima Church and Temple of Israel on Beach 84th Street.