Emergency Preservation Grants

YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 Third Avenue

YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 Third Avenue
YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 Third Avenue

In September, 2011, Hurricane Irene wreaked so much water damage to several floors of this massive (180,000sf) structure, that the organization submitted a preliminary application to FEMA for several million dollars for repairs. To complete its application, the YWCA needed an assessment by a licensed architect or engineer with cost estimates, and asked the Conservancy for help in funding this work. An emergency preservation grant of up to $6,500 was quickly authorized to hire the firm of Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects (CTA), the firm which had previously prepared a conditions report on the parapet for the YWCA, funded with a City Ventures Fund grant. CTA completed its report within a few weeks, and the YWCA forwarded it to FEMA. At this writing, FEMA is still considering the YWCA’s request.

The Brooklyn YWCA was designed by Frederick Lee Ackerman and Alexander B. Trowbridge; it opened its doors in 1928. The building has always served as a multi-use facility, including 214 units of supportive, low-income housing for women, a theater, a pool, health and community services, etc. This was the first YWCA to integrate its residences and programs racially.