Is the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Historic Timber Shed Coming Down?

02/07/2011 12:20 PM |

Brooklyn Navy Yard Timber Shed

Last week NPR filed a worrisome update on the fate of the Timber Shed at the corner of Navy Street and Flushing Avenue in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which, as we noted back in December (and as we photographed it this morning, above), is looking increasingly dire.

The gist of the piece, which provides just about the most succinct account of confusing, multi-agency preservation efforts at Admiral’s Row, is that everyone and anyone who could possibly do anything about the quickly deteriorating 1830s building—where ship’s masts were put to dry—is blaming the National Guard Bureau, which was deemed responsible for that corner of the Navy Yard back in 2007.

But, in a letter (PDF) sent out last month the National Guard’s engineers deemed the building damaged beyond repair, and recommended it be demolished. Of course, a couple more major snowfalls could take care of that and save them some cash, which seems to have been their strategy up to this point, including re-enforcing the adjacent Nay Yard walls in case of collapse. On the plus side, they’ll have room for more parking spaces for the strip mall coming in next door.

Brooklyn Navy Yards historic timber shed

Timber Shed rendering by Lucy Sikes for NPR, photo by the author.