Weeksville Heritage Center
Tour Time: 12:00pm
Caples Jefferson Architects
158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Weeksville Heritage Center is a new museum building and urban design project in Brooklyn, based on the historic houses of a 19th-century African American freedman’s community. The building incorporates a modern architectural syntax of simple forms, strip windows, and glass passageways impacted by repeated African riffs. The riffs are embedded in construction, such as the joints in paving and stone, in the fence posts, and the frit in the sunshading glass. The landscape is a dominant element in the composition, linking the historical Weeksville houses to the new structure. Weeksville has been awarded LEED Gold 2.1 rating. Seven drywells provide on-site percolation of storm water and 48 geothermal wells drilled to a depth of 470 feet provide heating and cooling. All interior spaces are flooded with daylight, providing multiple views of the historic site and the surrounding neighborhood.
Weeksville Heritage Center staff members will be on hand to give additional tours at 1:00 and 3:00.