Department of Health, Education & Welfare
Address: 77-14 Roosevelt Avenue
Neighborhood: Jackson Heights
Architect: Barbanel and Levien
Current Status: Significantly Altered
Award: Bronze Plaque for Alterations
Typology: Office Building
This former New York City government office building is today barely recognizable under layers of signage as a 99 cents discount store with a daycare center on the upper floor. The project that received an award was not the initial construction in 1958 but rather an alteration in 1962 to add an additional floor as well as a second entrance and elevator. White brick, glass and aluminum are the main materials here. Sitting immediately adjacent to the elevated subway line, it is hard to see the building in full or appreciate the elements of modern design that were so striking when it was originally built.