Secret Lives Tour: Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center


Join Historic Districts Council and Preservation Greenpoint for a tour of the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center’s private flagship building (1155-1205 Manhattan Avenue) on Tuesday, October 6 from 11-12:30pm. This extraordinary place has a rich history as one of the last surviving and only active manufacturing buildings along the industrial North Brooklyn waterfront.

The 8-building, 360,000 square feet manufacturing complex was constructed between 1887 and 1903 by Chelsea Jute Mills, a rope manufacturing company. The complex functioned as a textile factory between the 1930s and 1950s until it began leasing space to small woodworking and other manufacturing businesses by the 1970s. After narrowly escaping demolition by the City in the 1980s, the complex now functions as an industrial center for 75 small and mid-sized manufacturing businesses. The tour will include a walkthrough of the building’s interior in addition to a glimpse inside the workshops of three businesses. Cassandra Smith, GMDC project director, will lead the tour and discuss the building’s history and adaptive reuse.

After the tour of the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, continue your exploration of historic Greenpoint with a walking tour led by Matthew Coody, co-founder of Preservation Greenpoint. The brief walk will focus on Franklin Street, the neighborhood’s original commercial core. This area still features wonderful examples of commercial, residential, and industrial architecture despite rapid changes to the neighborhood. Highlights will include the Astral Apartments, the Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory, and the Art Moderne Harte & Company Building.

Friends of HDC $15 General Public $25

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