At the time it was built in 1919, the Cass Gilbert-designed Army Terminal in Brooklyn was the largest concrete structure in the world. It still seems like it could be. The place is mammoth.
Up until the 70’s millions of soldiers shipped out of the South Brooklyn space, including Elvis Presley. It had its own rail line, police station and fire department. Today, a bunch of manufacturing companies call it home. I was down there to meet with one and snapped a couple pictures while walking through.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal kind of reminds me of a post-apocalyptic version of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. Both are relics of a time when grand spaces were really grand. Luckily we still make the occasional big open space today (Wal-Marts excluded) that is grand, but there’s just something about the old ones - that they’ve endured and aged, not so gracefully for the Army Terminal, that adds to their character and the incredible smallness one feels when visiting.
I wish I had more time to hang out and wait for the light to change a little bit. It’s easy to image the giant atrium glowing with that warm New York sunset light.