Looking at the video, one can clearly see the ornate facade at 177-179 Columbia Heights is on its last leg. The numerous cracks on each tablet clearly show wear and tear. Will it survive another year? Will someone come to the rescue?
This building’s exterior is in crisis. This story should have resonance with the Heights community, after all, we initiated landmark status and wear it with as a badge of honor.
There has been very little action taken towards restoring this beautiful art and this is a last plea for survival. This building serves as a microcosm of what city planners must deal with day after day. Do we restore or do we condemn and rebuild? Do we lose a part of ourselves when Maltida’s son’s work of art is erased and Robertson along with it. We all would love immortality and preserving wonderful pieces of art like this may be closest one can get. This story is emblematic of the difficulty and costs of maintaining historic art and architecture. This is why Brooklyn Heights is such a treasure. We care and have achieved much success in the past in preserving our rich architectural history. Just look around.
Tomorrow is the 3rd anniversary of Qfwfq’s enlightening BHB story and it is the hope of this contributor that it has many anniversaries to come.
177-179 Columbia Heights is one of the stops on Homer Fink’s Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour. This weekend’s walks are SOLD OUT . Tickets for March 27 are on sale now.