Bedford Avenue-Broadway-Cast Iron Buildings-Williamsburg-Brooklyn-NYCSmith, Gray & Co. Building on Broadway and Bedford Avenue

Cast iron buildings are normally associated with Soho in New York City, and we recently learned to decode the signs of history on the buildings of the historic Manhattan neighborhood. But walking in South Williamsburg, you might notice buildings of a similar architectural style and footprint. The Victorian Society of America, with Columbia University professor Andrew Dolkart, commissioned a survey of all of New York City’s cast iron buildings without landmark protection in 2004.

Williamsburg Cast Iron Buildings Map-Brooklyn-NYC


The result are three separate maps of Brooklyn, Southern Manhattan and Northern Manhattan. Clicking on a building will reveal more information about each, including architect, foundry, year of construction and more. The Smith, Gray & Co. building above on Broadway and Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg has two full cast-iron facades for example and was designated a landmark in 2005. Smith Grey was once a manufacturer and retailer of boys’ clothing.

See the maps here!

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 Cast Iron, Fun Maps

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  1. The late Margot Gayle – founder, president and guiding spirit of the now-defunct Friends of Cast-Iron Architecture (FCIA), organized the first public walking tour of cast-iron Williamsburg in October of 1977. Margot had commissioned a 40-page study from architect Alta Indelman, (January 1976), based on which Alta and I (co-chairs of FCIA’s walking tour program) and several other guides led a rather large group on a walk through downtown Williamsburg. Our tour took us to cast-iron fronts at 103 Broadway, 97-101 Broadway (demolished shortly afterwards), 144 Broadway, 403-405 Bedford Avenue, 411 Bedford Avenue, 185-195 Broadway, and 240-244 Broadway, plus the (non cast-iron fronted) Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Peter Luger steakhouse, and a c.1830s brick building housing the legendary Gabila’s Knishes. The following year, New York Magazine ran an article about the “intrepid” pioneers “turning this manufacturing area into Brooklyn’s newest renovation zone.” Who knew what would be coming not quite four decades later? I’ve got the map-handout from the tour if there’s some way to post it hereā€¦.

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