Brooklyn Edison Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

345 Adams Street

CLIENT: Brooklyn Edison Company

ARCHITECT: McKenzie, Voorhees & Gmelin

DATE: 1922-1926

STYLE: Renaissance Revival

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Designated: June 18, 2024

Designed by the lauded firm McKenzie, Voorhes & Gmelin noted for such buildings as the ATT Long Distance Building and Brooklyn Borough Hall, the Brooklyn Edison Building helps tell the story of Downtown Brooklyn’s illustrious commercial history.

The building’s Renaissance Revival grandeur expresses the ambition of the Borough. At the same time, the historic changes made to the building, including changes to its siting that render the Adams St. facade more highly visible, articulate Brooklyn’s 20th century development. To look at this building is to watch time pass across stone.

LPC identifies the building’s original primary facades as those facing Pearl and Willoughby Streets, and notes that the Adams Street facade was exposed during construction of Brooklyn Civic Center and expansion of Adams Street in the 1950s. In the 21st Century, that facade received even more attention. Storefronts were added along Adams Street in 2009, interpreting and replicating elements of the historic arched windows found on the Pearl and Willoughby facades.

From every angle, this building offers a monumental embodiment of Brooklyn’s history.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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