Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

Greenpoint Ave

DATE: 1880-1910; 1923-24

STYLE: German Renaissance Revival, Factory

Brooklyn Factory German Renaissance Revival Greenpoint

Designated October 30, 2007

The Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory Historic District, located in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, consists of eight buildings and one freestanding wall. Most of the buildings in the historic district date from the mid-1880s to the 1910s. They were designed in the German Renaissance Revival style, and include segmental lintels, detailed brickwork, corbels, and pedimented parapets that display Faber’s star and diamond motif. The most contemporay building in the district is the largest at six stories tall and was constructed in 1923-24. The upper floors are embellished with gigantic glazed terra-cotta reliefs of stars and pencils, that proudly advertised the company’s main product to all who view it.

STATUS Designated Historic District

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