St. Patrick R. C. Church, Brooklyn Yorkton Thu, 03/17/2022 - 08:50

The parish of St. Patrick was founded in the early 1840s, prior to the establishment of the Diocese of Brooklyn. The origins of the church are a bit obscure, but it appears to have been founded as a parish for Irish Catholics in East Brooklyn (now Clinton Hill/Bedford-Stuyvesant), with the first services held in private structures near Wallabout Street and Flushing Avenue. Early secondary-source references to the church call it the Wallabout Church. In 1843, Rev. Hugh Maguire was appointed as the first priest for the parish.

249-253 Hewes Street Yorkton Sat, 10/02/2021 - 20:40

One of a group of three buildings built by builder John Wilson. All three are described as "brown stone dwellings", although only basement is faced in brownstone. Real Estate Record & Builders' Guide (v. 15, no. 370, April 17, 1875), 271.

43 Putnam Avenue Yorkton Thu, 09/30/2021 - 17:35

Part of a row of three brownstone rowhouses. Real Estate Record & Builders' Guide (v. 15, no. 360, February 6, 1875), 100.

679 Bedford Avenue

"Th. Engelhardt is preparing plans for a four-story brick (stone front) store and flat, 22x90, to be erected on the northeast corner of Bedford avenue and Hayward [sic, Heyward] street, and a similar private flat, 28x65, adjoining, for Jacob Bossert, to cost $30,000..."1

339 Vernon Avenue

One of a row of eight buildings (337 through 351 Vernon Avenue) designed by Englehardt for Hallheimer in 1888 (note that Real Estate Record describes this as eight buildings, but eight were constructed; the eighth building (337 Vernon at the corner of Lewis) was demolished between 1940 and 1980.

Pacific Beef Co.

Constructed for the Hammond Beef Company of Fort Greene1 , the richly-decorated (and heavily-eroded) brownstone decoration includes a steer's head in the keystone of main arch. This building was one of many along North 6th Street that formed the nucleus of Williamsburg's meat packing district from the late-19th century forward.