52ND POLICE PRECINCT STATION HOUSE
3016 Webster Ave
Stoughton & Stoughton
As part of the city’s response to population growth and the City’s consolidation, police presence was expanded to the Bronx through the construction of this precinct house, which was both aesthetically pleasing and functional. In contrast to the massive, classical grandeur of their previous work, the architects used the more romantic elements of the Italian Renaissance Revival style for this design, which was particularly appropriate for the quasi-rural setting at the time.
The red brick villa features a square tower with projecting eaves and blue and white terra cotta clocks on three of its sides, protected by pitched roofs with wooden bracket supports. The main entrance on Webster Avenue is approached through a brick porch which retains its original lamps and flower pots. A secondary entrance, originally used by patrol wagons to discharge prisoners, is located within a porte-cochere beneath the clock tower. It was designated as a NYC Landmark in 1974, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.