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St. Mark's German Evangelical Lutheran Church School

The parish of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church was established in 1868 on Evergreen Avenue; however, the building quickly became too small for the increasing number of congregants and to inadequacy of the building to provide school accommodations for the children. The new site at the southwest corner of Bushwick Avenue and Jefferson Street was purchased in 1885. Three new buildings were built on the site – church, school, and rectory – and dedicated together in 1892 with a celebration that lasted for several days.

275 Classon Avenue

Constructed as the boiler house for J. Kayser & Co., manufacturer of silk goods and underwear. The building was a single story, but 85' tall. Kayser's factory was located on this block and on the block to the east. W.L. Fleisher & Co. were the engineers for the construction.1 The building has been converted to residential use, with windows introduced throughout the front facade.

129 Graham Avenue

Building record source: Real Estate Record & Builders' Guide, (v. 21, no. 523) 23 March 1878.

Two buildings fronting on Graham Avenue appear to be of the same design.

Thomas Shoe Factory

Listed in the Real Estate Record as 5 stories, built at 6.1 The building was sold by Thomas to Israel Rokeach in 1913. By 1917, the building was occupied by Israel Rokeach and the Progressive Knitting Mills. In that year, a catastrophic fire occurred that nearly destroyed the building.

164 Havemeyer Street

New law tenement, listed in DOB records as five stories1, the high stoop and basement arrangement for the stores (resulting in six usable stories) is more a more typical form of tenements on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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