The building is reminiscent of movie palaces and popular eateries of the 1920s and ‘30s, when the craze for this style of ornamentation peaked.
Seen from a distance, this building may look like a rather ordinary commercial building but the upper story is a swirl of abstract Art Deco leaves and flowers.
If you just focus on the main facade of this Bed Stuy building you'll see some fine terra-cotta ornamentation but you will miss the true Art Deco beauty that is around the corner.
A while back we wrote about the Windmill Tap & Grill, a tavern opening up on the corner of 39th Ave and 29th Street in the Dutch Kills area of LIC (38-40 29th Street – GMAP). They have come a long way with their exterior renovations, and the new look is a gorgeous blue color (though we’re told that the paint can indicates that the color is green). The difference between where they started and where they are now is striking. Here’s a before and after matchup to better illustrate it:
Image source: Windmill Tap & Grill