City Ventures Fund

Brooklyn YWCA

Brooklyn YWCA
Brooklyn YWCA
YWCA of Brooklyn

A City Ventures Fund grant to the historic YWCA of Brooklyn marked the Fund’s 50th grant since its inception in 1986.

A $16,000 grant was authorized to address water penetration at the YWCA’s roof and parapets. Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects recently completed the water testing and conditions assessment of the roof and parapet to identify the causes and prescribe remedies for water penetration on the building’s upper floors. The report contains recommendations for approximately $1 million of parapet rebuilding and other masonry work.

The YWCA is an enormous building designed by architects Frederick Lee Ackerman and Alexander B. Trowbridge, which opened in 1928. It was the first YWCA to integrate its residences and programs racially.

The YWCA has always served as a multi-use facility, including residences and supportive housing for low-income women, a theater, a pool, health and community service organizations.

The City Ventures Fund works with nonprofit organizations to retain the period details of non-landmark but architecturally significant buildings being converted to affordable housing and other services that benefit lower income communities. Since 1986, the Fund has provided over $1.2 million in grants and loans, resulting in the creation and preservation of more than 1100 affordable apartments.