The Romanesque Revival style office building at 31 Belvidere Street is the focal point of the William Ulmer Brewery complex, a reminder of one of Bushwick’s, and Brooklyn’s, most prominent 19th- and 20th-century industries. The entire complex remains a largely intact example of a late-19th-century brewery designed in the American round arch style, and includes, in addition to the office building, the main brew house (1872) and addition (c.1881), engine and machine houses (Theobald Engelhardt, 1885), and stable and storage building (Frederick Wunder, 1890).
Designed by prominent Brooklyn architect Theobald Engelhardt and constructed in 1885, the two-story red brick office building was the architectural highlight of the complex, featuring arched and dormered windows, a squat mansard roof clad in slate, as well as terra-cotta ornament. The other buildings of the Ulmer brewery complex feature details commonly found on other 19th-century breweries, including round arch-headed door openings, projecting brick pilasters, pedimented parapets and denticulated, zigzag-patterned, and channeled decorative brickwork.
*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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