Weeksville Museum Gets Major New Building


Caples Jefferson Architects has designed a gorgeous new building for Weeksville Heritage Center, the 1.5-acre museum complex in Crown Heights about the 19th century free African American community of Weeksville, now part of Crown Heights. The very modern stone, glass and wood building stands in stark contrast to the three original 19th-century Weeksville structures, known as the Hunterfly Road Houses.

It is 23,000 square feet and will hold exhibition and event space. Architect and designboom have articles on the center, which we saw when Curbed wrote about them both. There are also photos of the space in progress on the Weeksville Heritage Center site. As far as we can tell, the new building is not yet open. (The museum’s own site says “Coming Soon.”)

The last big event at the Weeksville museum was the yearly Harvest Festival in October. In January, the museum will have an exhibit about the abolitionist movement in New York, part of a Brooklyn program called In Pursuit of Freedom.

Click through to all four sites to see tons more pictures of the new building and grounds. What do you think of the design?

Cultural Additions: Modern Museum Opens in Brooklyn’s Historic Weeksville [Curbed]
Weeksville Heritage Center [Architect]
Caples Jefferson Architects Weeksville Heritage Center [designboom]
Weeksville Heritage Center [Tumblr]
Photo by Nic Lehoux for Caples Jefferson Architects Via Designboom

2 Comment

  • This is a great addition to the neighborhood and the City. Let’s hope this institution can garner enough money to program and maintain it.

  • I’m so glad to see this finally coming to a finish. It’s been a long time coming, and I think it’s wonderful. At least one field trip here should be mandatory for every school class in the city, and beyond. This building will be a great addition to the dream of presenting a forgotten piece of history to the world, and gives the institution space to have larger and more comprehensive shows, and research facilities and gathering space. Weeksville is not just black history, its Brooklyn history and American history. Everyone should go.