Bonus: The Gowanus Station, 234 Butler Street

The Gowanus Station building
Picture courtesy of The Gowanus Landmarking Coalition

Constructed in 1914, the Gowanus Station is an example of Beaux Arts architecture that covers two whole city blocks. The two-story brick building holds many architectural and design gems, such as a lovely pediment of terra cotta detailing, bluestone water tables, and decorative scrollwork over its window openings. A site so beloved by the neighborhood residents, the Gowanus Station has even been the scene of a candlelight vigil when The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced plans to demolish the structure to make way for a new tank site. The DEP’s plans were later revised to include a reconstructed version of the brick building. It has been carefully taken apart and will be reconstructed as part of the tank project which broke ground in March 2023.

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This article was written by Daniela Salazar in February 2019 and updated by Nicole Saraniero in March 2023