Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Flats buildings with stores below
Address: 921-931 Fulton Street
Cross Streets: Clinton and Waverly avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: around 1898
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
The story: This set of five buildings is a rare cast iron group here in Clinton Hill. The unknown architect and developer chose to clad all five buildings in sheet metal, enabling them to incorporate a number of classical details at relatively small expense.
This part of Fulton Street — winding its way through Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford — has long been a mixture of residential and commercial buildings. There’s another special cast iron building further down at 375 Fulton.
But as our 1887 Sanborn Insurance map shows, before this group was built, the block was home to a row of two-and-a-half story wood-framed storefronts with apartments above. The storefronts were occupied by a tailor, a plumber, a baker and other neighborhood necessities.
Around 1897 or so, those smaller buildings were torn down and replaced with the four-story iron-fronted buildings we see today. Each of them has a commercial space on the ground floor and three stories of floor-through apartments above.