I took these photos of Long Island City's New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Company (NYATCC) main office building years ago. Since then, the 1892 landmark at 401 Vernon Blvd has been restored by owners Silvercup Studios. The boards have come down (mostly), and the old signage and designs are visible .
Due to the skyscraper boom in NYC, NYATCC opened on the former Wallach and Gottlieb estates in the Ravenswood section of Long Island City in 1886. The large, East River-accessible facility needed an office, so they build this building in 1892, designed by Frank H. Kimball. It was meant to show off the full range and skill of NYATCC. The company provided terra-cotta for Carnegie Hall, the Ansonia, the Montauk Club, and many other buildings. There is disagreement over the year NYATCC went bankrupt, with some sources saying 1928, and others saying 1932. Company President Richard Dalton ran the Eastern Terra-Cotta Company in the building until the 1940s when concrete overtook terra-cotta in building design. It was used for Dalton's later companies until his death in 1968. His family sold the facility to Citibank in 1970, who tore down all the buildings (including a former estate building) save the office (and they boarded up the office and abandoned it). After research by Queens Historian Vincent Seyfried, the building became a landmark in 1982. It's still vacant, but looks nicer. Also, check out the Queensboro Bridge! #LIC #LongIslandCity #Queens #QueensNY #NYC #NewYorkCity #NewYork #LongIsland #history #terracotta #silvercupstudios #architecture #architecturelovers #abandoned #ruins #queensborobridge #Ravenswood #LICQueens #architectureporn #abandonedruins #historic #landmark #RavenswoodQueens #ravenswoodLIC #ravenswoodNY