The Astral Apartments
Astral Apartments, August 2008
|Location||184 Franklin St., New York, New York|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Lamb & Rich|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||October 29, 1982|
The Astral was built in 1885–1886 as affordable housing for employees of Charles Pratt's Astral Oil Works. It is a massive brick and terra cotta building in the Queen Anne style. It features a central projecting section with a deep, three story high round arch recess. The roof features inward-looking decorative gargoyles.
The building was designed to echo red-brick apartments built for workers by George Peabody in London. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and designated a City Landmark in 1983.
In popular culture
The building is the fictional setting for Kate Christensen's 2011 novel The Astral.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "New York Architecture: The Astral Apartments". nyc-architecture.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- James T. Dillon and Anne B. Covell (July 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Registration:Astral Apartments". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-02-20. See also: "Accompanying four photos".
- Ostrander, Stephen M. (1894). A History of the City of Brooklyn and Kings County, Volume II. Brooklyn, NY: Subscription.
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