From what I can tell, the building at 107 Columbia Heights is a dormitory, built in 1959 (according to the inscription at the entrance). It's not the prettiest building in the world, but it's growing on me. The two-story base is a methodical and no-nonsense wall of steel, glass and stone, wrapping the corner and leading to a lush entry court along Columbia Heights Street. Above the brick tower is restrained yet playful, with its slightly whimsical staggered pattern of windows. The roof appears to boast a common terrace, if the tree peeking out is any indication.
|107 Columbia Heights from Orange Street and Columbia Heights|
|107 Columbia Heights: Entry Court from Columbia Heights|
|107 Columbia Heights: Street-level elevation from Orange Street|
A kinder, gentler Brutalism shows its colors at Pineapple and Columbia Heights. To my untrained eyes, it appears to be a library. Not so, according to my sources... it's more residences. In fact, this building and the one above are connected to each other--and to at least two other buildings--by double-secret underground tunnels. Radical.
|119 Columbia Heights, from Pineapple Street|
The raked mortar joints lend the building a... je ne sais quoi. A finer grain. A tactility to the muscular mass.
|119 Columbia Heights|
The Bossert Hotel, evidently the site of the only World Series celebration for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was purchased by the Watchtower in 1988 and restored faithfully to its original condition. For the last two decades, it has provided lodging for visiting Witnesses. Now, the hotel, too, has been sold, and will be turned back into a commercial hotel.
|Bossert Hotel, at Hicks and Montague Streets|