While there are many examples of architectural excess in New York City, several public buildings shine as quiet examples of solid design, writes Ada Louise Huxtable. She points to the Saratoga Avenue Community Center in Brooklyn, designed by New York architect George Ranalli, and built for a rock-bottom budget of $2.3 million. Ranalli incorporated elegant modernism into the recreation center by echoing Frank Lloyd Wright with a continuous clerestory window framed by mahogany at the top of the building.

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