In 1934 the Art Commission of the City of New York determined that grand
staircase at the Brooklyn Museum entrance (shown in the 1908 postcard just
below) was a barrier to many people and ordered their removal; the project
was undertaken by the Parks Department with Aymur Embury II
]; the result is shown above.
And here's how it looks today (2019); Embury's street-level entrance is
still available but steps have been re-added on the left side.
Photo: Brooklyn Museum
- The Brooklyn Citizen, 10 May 1934, p.2:
"Approaches from the ground level will obviate the necessity of climbing a
succession of stone steps to gain the entrance to the Brooklyn Museum when
plans announced yesterday by the Art Commission of the City of New York are
completed. The stone steps, recently condemned by the city, will be
removed. The improvement will be effected at an estimated cost of $50,000,
and plans for it bear the signature Aymar Embury, consulting
architect of the Park Department."