Thursday, February 15, 2007

Fun with Landmarks: Use One to Advertise Demolition!

Litchfield Building

We actually wandered over to Third Street and Third Avenue the other to shoot some pics of the frozen Lake Gowanus on the Whole Foods site and of the frozen arm of the Gowanus itself. We hadn't noticed this relatively newish banner advertising demolition services on the landmark building on the corner. The building, which was landmarked in June, was once the home of the New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company. (The Gowanus company manufactured artificial stone that was used in parts of St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Metropolitan and the American Museum of Natural History.) Then, it became the home of the Brooklyn Improvements Company, which among other things, helped build the Gowanus Canal and much of Park Slope. More recently, the building housed an auto parts and auto repair shop. It is not owned by Whole Foods, which is building around it. We're not sure if the demolition company banner is a statement or just, you know, an ad.

Related Posts:
Gowanus Whole Foods #1: The Big Picture
Lonely Gowanus Building is Landmarked

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