A.I. Namm & Son Department Store

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

450-58 Fulton Street

ARCHITECT: Robert Kahn & Charles Butler

DATE: 1924-25

STYLE: Art Deco

Art Deco Brooklyn Downtown Brooklyn

The A.I. Namm & Son Department Store building at 450-458 Fulton Street is the sole surviving portion of the important enterprise that once covered nearly one entire block. Adolph I. Namm was a Polish immigrant who transferred his Manhattan upholstery and embroidery trimmings business to Brooklyn in 1885 and expanded his business into a highly successful department store.

This structure, Namm’s last architectural phase, was built in 1924-25 and 1928-29 to the design of architects Robert D. Kohn and Charles Butler, and consists of a structural steel frame with reinforced concrete floors, clad in Indiana limestone with bronze trim. The highly sophisticated, elegant modern design, with a rounded corner, contrasts monumental sculptural masonry piers, vertical window bays, and decorative bronze spandrel panels. The design was undoubtedly by Kohn, one of the few American architects who had produced aesthetically noteworthy and interesting work (c.1905-15) influenced by the Vienna Secession.

*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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