Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Former factory, then St. Cyprian’s Protestant Episcopal Church, then Sacred Heart Chapel, now private home.
Address: 192-194 Bergen Street
Cross Streets: Corner Bond Street
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: 1920s
Architectural Style: Simple 19th-early 20th century brick factory
Landmarked: Yes, part of Boerum Hill Historic District (1973)
The story: Boerum Hill is one of Brooklyn’s older neighborhoods, with much of its residential housing stock built just before and just after the Civil War. The two houses next door to this building were built in 1860, as were the two similar houses that once stood on this double lot. Sometime in the 1920s, the houses at 192 and 194 Bergen Street were torn down, and this plain, small factory building was constructed. Whatever this factory produced is lost to history, I could find no record of its products or ownership. (more…)