Brooklyn Army Terminal, another landmark of past century in Sunset Park, was designed and built by Cass Gilbert who is famous for designing lavish neo-Gothic style Woolworth Building and Beaux-Arts style Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in Lower Manhattan.
It is quite overwhelming when entering the atrium which is surrounded by absolutely burly construction. This five million square foot terminal was built for war in 1919, and shipped 37 million tons of military supplies and 3.2 million of troops during World War II.
The design of the terminal is very strict and utilitarian, and is completely opposed to Gilbert’s famous lavish and ornamental designs. However this form-follow-the-function design is pretty well executed under the modern architectural design concept.
On the side note, Elvis Presley deployed from here for Germany in September 22, 1958.