10/28/15 4:25pm

Brooklyn Concrete & Steel Construction History

1 Main Street, built for Robert Gair Co. Photo by Suzanne Spellen

When builders first began using reinforced concrete, which bonds the strength and flexibility of steel with the solidity of cast rock, they probably didn’t know the extent to which their experimentation would change architecture.

Their work made it possible to build higher, larger and more inventively than anyone could imagine. It began in France in the 19th century, but it would take an American company, based in New York City, to build wonders across the world. This company had some of its earliest jobs here in Dumbo. (more…)