Designated June 29, 2004
Founded in 1883, the New York and New Jersey Telephone and Telegraph Company served the ever-increasing populations of Long Island, Staten Island and northern New Jersey. This elaborate and elegantly designed Beaux Arts style building served as a major statement of the company’s expansion in the area. The company installed and maintained telephone wires and provided telephone service to more than 16,000 subscribers in 1897 when this building was constructed.
Designed by leading Brooklyn architect Rudolphe L. Daus, the building’s distinctive ornamentation establishes a strong presence on this busy street comer. Daus drew on his classical French training to create a dramatic structure, epitomized by the rounded comer accented by an elaborate cartouche and a deep, projecting cornice. These design features are balanced by oversized arches resting on engaged columns and broad rustication of the lower floors.
*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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