July 15th, 2009
[UPDATE Aug 2011: This building is also known as 220 Water Street, which will begin rental occupancy in January 2011.]
New scaffolding was put up yesterday at the 201 Front Street building (aka 195-203 Front Street, 208 Water Street). The building is on the South side of Water Street (bound by Water, Bridge and Front Streets). While not much is revealed on the NYC DOB website, there’s a record on file from 6/22/2009 that states: “Propose to convert existing manufacturing building to residential use with accessory parking and retail store on the 1st floor.” The building was built in 1905 and is a Landmark Designation with a basement and 4 floors. According to these records, each floor can have up to 41 apartment units.
The Dumbo Historic Report Designation Report notes the architect as Henry S. Kissam and the original owner as Hanan & Son, a shoe manufacturer. “The Hanan company was among the first to stamp the firm’s name on every shoe, a daring idea at a time when most people still sought shoes handmade by the dealer…Shoe manufacturing was a major industry in Brooklyn in the late nineteenth century, with 65 factories doing a combined business of $2,300,000 in 1894; one-third of that business was done at the Hanan factory.”
“The simple brick facade, articulated primarily by its rectangular openings, concrete lintels and projecting sills, and corbelled cornice, marks 208 Water Street as an example of the vernacular factory building erected during DUMBO’s growth as an industrial neighborhood. This, together with its reinforced concrete construction, makes it representative of American factory architecture of this period and contributes to the architectural and historical character of the DUMBO Historic District.”
No word on when consrtuction will begin (or end), but if anyone has any info, let us know.