Offerman Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

500-13 Fulton Street

ARCHITECT: Peter J. Lauritzen

DATE: 1890-93

STYLE: Romanesque Revival

Brooklyn Downtown Brooklyn Romanesque Revival

An outstanding example of a commercial structure executed in the Romanesque Revival style, the Offerman Building was constructed in two phases, between 1890 and 1893. Located on an irregularly-shaped lot, adjoining Fulton and Duffield Streets, it was commissioned by Henry Offerman, who made his fortune in the sugar industry, to serve as the S. Wechsler and Brother store.

The building was designed by Peter J. Laurtizen. Many of Lauritzen’s designs were inspired by medieval sources and the Fulton and Duffield Street elevations are typical of his work in the 1890s, incorporating multi-story arcades, textured limestone, decorative moldings, and reliefs that identify the date of construction, name of the building, and owner.

*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report

Image credit:  New York Big Apple Images

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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