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Police stations also become very important in the residential neighborhoods. And sometimes the choice was made to design them in a sort of mock medieval manner, to look like a medieval fortress, a protected place where you could believe that the citizenry was being protected out of this building.

And this is one of the most whimsical of these mock medieval police stations. It dates from the 1890s; it was designed in Bushwick in Brooklyn by another very, very important Brooklyn architect, a man named William Tubby. And it almost is a sort of Disneyland-looking version of a medieval castle. You can almost imagine people standing on the roof with their crossbows guarding the citizens of Bushwick with this extraordinary sort of primitive Greek temple in the front. It's a really curious and wonderfully whimsical juxtaposition on the building.


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