Designated June 8, 1982
BRONX GRIT CHAMBER of The Ward ‘s Island Sewage Treatment Works (now the Ward’s Island Water Pollution Control Plant, N.Y.C. Bureau of Water Pollution Control),
158 Bruckner Boulevard, Built 1936-37;
N.Y.C. Department of Sanitation, with firm of McKim, Mead, and White, consulting architects.
Block 2546, Lot 15.
*The Bronx Grit Chamber is a primary component of the Ward’s Island Sewage Treatment Works, New York City’s first major project to alleviate the pollution of the city’s waters. A handsome industrial structure, the neo-classical Grit Chamber was designed in 1933 by the firm of McKim, Mead, and White and was built in 1936-37 by the New York City Department of Sanitation. Its exterior design makes the Grit Chamber one of the city’s most unusual industrial structures.
* Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission BRONX GRIT CHAMBER Designation Report
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”
Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”
Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”
Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society
"HDC has begun a series of projects to highlight the Bronx's architectural and cultural history. From booklet's and research highlighting specific sites and historic districts to the HDC's symposium in October 2018 to the latest community-based committee to look into further possible sites to qualify for landmarking, the HDC has established projects that will serve the Bronx community well."
City Lore, Folklorist
Bronx Music Heritage Center, Co-Artistic Director
"Welcome2TheBronx is grateful for the advocacy done by the Historic Districts Council on behalf of the people of The Bronx. Through their deep connections and understanding of the importance of preserving our local histories, The Bronx has been able to have several spotlights shown on endangered communities as gentrification creeps into the borough."
Ed García Conde,
founder and Executive Director,