Thursday, April 9, 2009

Brooklyn's St. George Hotel Mosaic Demolished 'For Safety Reasons'

Sadness and outrage is being expressed about the demolition of a historic tile mosaic that hung for over the pool at the Eastern Athletic Club in Brooklyn Heights. It seems that the historic mural depicting aquatic scenes was a fixture since the 1930s.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle the architect in charge of the demolition, Walter C. Maffei, said that the mosaic was scrapped "for safety reasons."

The destruction first came to light in the Brooklyn Heights Blog, where a conflict seems to be building up about whether or not something inside a private building should be landmarked.

Seems a pity that a section couldn't have been removed intact and displayed on a wall of the club, or given to the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Photo by MK Metz

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