Sohmer & Company Piano Factory Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

31-01 Vernon Boulevard

ARCHITECT: Berger & Bayles, architects

DATE: 1886

STYLE: German Romanes Revival

German Romanes Revival Queens

Designated: February 27, 2007

This is one of the most prominent buildings along the Queens side of the East River. The most outstanding feature of the building is the mansard-roofed clock tower. The original part of the building was constructed as the piano factory for Sohmer &Co. The Sohmer factory is an example of the German Romanesque Revival Style, which was commonly used for late nineteenth-century factories.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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