Day 154

Brooklyn Museum sculpture garden

June 1st, 2012

On view behind the Brooklyn Museum is an extraordinary collection of architectural sculptures and ornaments salvaged from buildings in the city that have been demolished. The figures in the foreground, for example, once embellished the town house of Hugh J. Chisholm, a pulp and paper baron. In the background, you can see Night, one of several remnants from the original Penn Station on display here.


  1. Gigi says:

    I’m happy to know that some of these artworks have found a home here. Most of these sculptures and ornaments have probably been made by with the use of tools and machinery no longer in use in this computer and digital age.

  2. Constance Davis says:

    Was reading an article called Wrecker, spare that frieze! By Robert.Gallagher, in a 1967 American Heritage pub that was being thrown out at my library about how a group organized by Ivan C. Karp called the A.A.R.S. Saved many of these sculptures and friezes and found a place to put them in the Brooklyn’s museum garden. So glad to find they are still there. Will have to visit them soon.

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