Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Scranton & Lehigh Coal Company Garage
Address: 239 Nevins Street
Cross Streets: Corner Douglass Street
Year Built: Somewhere between 1924 and 1930, research has conflicting dates
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Landmarked: No, but part of proposed Gowanus Historic District, on the National Register of Historic Places
The story: The Scranton & Lehigh Coal Company was one of Pennsylvania’s large coal companies, supplying the Northeast with anthracite and other coal products. The engines that powered Brooklyn ran on coal; everything from heating homes and apartments, to heating the offices, schools, and churches of the borough, to the huge boilers that powered the many factories in the city. Coal was the fuel that kept it all going until well after World War II. Even today, a coal furnace still turns up here and there; they were long lasting, powerful, but simple heat producers. (more…)