Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Former Brooklyn Union Gas Showroom
Address: 1024 Fulton Street
Cross Streets: Grand and Classon Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1912
Architectural Style: Early 20th century warehouse
Architect: Unnamed staff architect at Brooklyn Union Gas
The story: Brooklyn Union Gas was organized in the last decade of the 19th century, the merger of seven of the largest gas companies operating in Brooklyn. The new company was incorporated in 1895, and James Jourdan, a former military officer was named the president.
By 1910, business was booming, and they needed a much larger headquarters. The Frank Freeman designed Brooklyn Union Gas Building was completed at 176 Remsen Street in 1912.
About the same time, James H. Jourdan, the son of the first president, and now current president, realized that the utility’s greatest growth was in getting new customers for domestic as well as industrial gas use. People needed to see what gas could do. The company began partnering with appliance companies and industrial manufacturers to develop new gas-powered gadgets, appliances and machinery. (more…)