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Facadomy Averted in Gowanus

The lonely building at the corner of Third Avenue and Third Street in Gowanus that is part of the site of the planned Whole Foods has been landmarked by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. The building, which now stands completely by itself on the large empty parcel, used to be the home of the New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company. (The Gowanus company manufactured artificial stone that was used in parts of St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Metropolitan and the American Museum of Natural History.) More recently, it housed an auto parts and auto repair shop. The LPC chair calls the 2 ½-story, Italianate-style structure "mysterious" and "elegant." One presumes that now that it's landmarked it won't be the seafood department with fish tanks facing the street?
· LPC Designates an Individual Landmark [Landmarks Commission Website]
· 3rd and 3rd Gets Landmarked [Bklyn Record]
· Gowanus Whole Foods Spreads Out [Curbed]