The Water’s Edge Building is one of the few intentionally temporary structures in the Queens Modern pantheon. It was constructed by the Birchwood Park Organization as a showroom for the neighboring Water’s Edge community, a large planned development that also won its own award. The exhibit center included a landscaped garden, a model of the entire Water’s Edge community, and access to model homes. In the late 1960s it was replaced with a somewhat banal group of townhouses.
This corner commercial space harkens back to a time of quaint storefronts and the Colonial Revival style. The building was meant to blend into the surrounding neighborhood and incorporates white brick, shutters, picture windows, a slate roof, and a classical cornice. The building looks remarkably the same although the trim is now black and some of the picture window details have been modernized.
The American Hospital Supply Corporation building presents an intriguing public face. The facade of the building gives the impression of a modern take on a Gothic Revival gatehouse with a metal gated entrance portico above of which is placed a prominent bow window. The roofline of the central section ends in a peaked roof and the whole section is faced in concrete made to look like stone. Extending from the entrance are two wings covered in a patterned brick face above a stone veneer.