Matchett Candy Factory

Year
1890
Architect
Building type
Material
Owner name
Albert Green
Duane st, New York
Builder
not selected

390 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
United States

Block
2441
Lot
24
Number of Buildings
1
Dimensions
105x90
stories
6
cost
30,000

Plan #2469 - South 4th st, s w cor Wythe av, one six-story brk factory, 105x90, gravel roof, brk cornice; cost, $30,000; Albert Green, Duane st, New York, b’r, not selected; ar’t, W. H. Biers [sic] 1

Building appears to have been constructed for A. Greenleaf & Co., confectioners. The firm also operated as Green & Blackwell at 167-169 Duane Street in New York City. In 1897 a catastrophic fire in May 1897 gutted Green’s factory.  2

Matchett Candy incorporated in 1897: James J. Matchett Company of Brooklyn – incorporated July, 1897.  James J. Matchett, Samuel H. Britton, William H. Tappan and Samuel W. Tetlew, directors. 3 . However, a 1902 Eagle article notes that the firm had been in operation for 25 years. 4 According to records at the time of the 1902 fire the firm employed 300 people, mostly "girls". 5

  • 1Real Estate Record & Builders Guide, 1890
  • 2BDE 6 May 1897
  • 3BDE 23 June 1897
  • 46-story factory gutted by fire.  Matchett in business about 25 years.  Factory formerly home to A. Greenleaf & Co. (BDE 28 May 1902)
  • 5Ibid. See also Report of the Fire Department of the City of New York for the Year 1902. New York: Mail and Express Company (1903)