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  • Joseph F. Berlenbach, father of architect Francis J. Berlenbach, was listed as a carpenter in the 1872 Brooklyn city directory (at 174 Meserole Street). In the same year was listed as the architect of rectory for Holy Trinity Church on Montrose Avenue (as Joseph Berndach). The reference probably refers to his son. This is the only year that Joseph Berlenbach appears in the directory. In 1870, 1871 and 1873, Francis appears in the directories, with numerous name variations (Franz, Burlingbach, etc.).

  • Hall associated with Ss. Peter & Paul Parish. The building was contracted as a gift of Mrs. Jeremiah Walsh and named in honor of her brother. References: "Father Malone's Reward", New York Times, August 16, 1897. "The McCadden [sic] Memorial", Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 6, 1897, 16. "McCaddin Hall Opening", Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 13, 1898, 30.

  • b. 27 June 1887 - d. 22 Oct. 1959

  • From Shorpy, a photo of a model two-room tenement constructed within the Museum of Natural History as part of a 1908 "Congestion Exhibition". The model tenement was built by the Association for Practical Housekeeping Centres as part of a display on housekeeping courses the Association offered to tenement women.

  • Conservation of the Monitor's turret is a slow process. The turret was salvaged off of Cape Hatteras over a decade ago, and the process will take another 15 years.

  • Brooklynology has a lengthy post on Peter Cooper and his glue factory that was once one of the major foulers of Newtown Creek. Cooper's glue factory stood not too far from Peter Cooper Houses, the NYCHA development in East Williamsburg. And also not too far from the stockyards and abbatoirs that dominated the area of East Williamsburg south of Grand Street at the turn of the century.

  • NPR had a brief piece on the dispute over who deserves credit for inventing the air conditioner - Willis Carrier (who invented the air conditioner) or John Gorrie (who seems to have developed the concept of the refrigerator). What NPR doesn't mention is that the long, hot road to modern air conditioning passed right through Brooklyn.

  • Theobald Mark Engelhardt (1851-1935) was one of Brooklyn’s most prolific architects, designing thousands of structures that reflect a full range of building types, from factories and churches to commercial establishments and residences. Born in Brooklyn, his father was Philip Engelhardt, a political refugee from Baden who emigrated to the United States along with his wife, father, and sisters after the failed political revolutions of 1848-49 in Germany.


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