Preservation Issues

Landmarks Commission Acts to Preserve Gowanus Character


-Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel Pumping Station and Gate House


-233 Butler Street, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)


-The Somers Brothers Tinware Factory, 238-246 Third Street


-The Montauk Paint Manufacturing Company Building, 170 2nd Avenue


-The Brooklyn Rapid Transit company Central Power Station Engine House, 153 2nd Street

UPDATE: JUNE 2019
Five architecturally significant Gowanus buildings including the former Somers Brothers Tinware Factory, the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Co. Power Station Engine House, the Montauk Paint Manufacturing Company Building, the Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel Pumping Station and Gate House, and the ASPCA Rogers Memorial Building were recently calendared by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to be considered for landmark designation thanks, in part to the Conservancy’s on-going advocacy efforts. Acting in response to the City’s rezoning plans for the area announced in 2018, the Conservancy has been working hard with our community partners to retain the best examples of Brooklyn’s industrial past, creating a balance between preservation and growth in the neighborhood. We appreciate LPC’s action and will continue to push them to act on other Gowanus buildings we consider worthy of designation.
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Conservancy Supports Saving Industrial History of Gowanus
July, 2018

The Conservancy has urged the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to act quickly to protect the many landmark eligible properties in Gowanus, a unique area marked for rezoning.

Read our Letter to LPC

The Gowanus neighborhood contains many surviving examples of Brooklyn’s industrial heritage. Any changes to the zoning must take into consideration the area’s history and preserve the important sites that are a reminder of the Borough’s robust commercial history. The Commission must protect the structures that should not be lost in the rush to redevelop the area.

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