Garfield Building (New York City)

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The Garfield Building was located at 26[1] Court Street[2] and Remsen Street[3] in Brooklyn, New York.[4] It was built by contractor William Lamb, who was originally from Glasgow, Scotland. Together with his brother Thomas, the builders began their careers with the firm W&T Lamb, starting in 1861.[5] The seven-story Garfield Building was offered in an auction by the Brooklyn Real Estate Exchange in January 1906. The lot covered 100 feet by 137.6 feet. It was near Borough Hall, the court house, Temple Bar, Hall of Records, the first subway station, and the heart of the financial center.[6]

History of edifice[edit]

In the late 19th century the structure often served as a meeting place for railroad officials and the Brooklyn Republican Campaign Committee.[3] Colonel Charles L. Fincke, of the 23rd Regiment of the United States National Guard, maintained an office at the Garfield Building. He was found unconscious there prior to resigning in April 1887.[1] It also was home to lawyers.[7]

The Garfield Building was located in the rear of a building at 198 Montague Street, which burned following an explosion of unknown origin, on March 3, 1895. The conflagration occurred inside a four story edifice which was occupied by a restaurant and cafe'.[8]


The Garfield building was razed after a period of building inactivity following World War I. City departments were moved to a new Municipal Building and the Court Remsen Building. The latter was completed on May 1, 1925.[9]


  1. ^ a b Col. Fincke Resigns, New York Times, April 22, 1887, pg. 2.
  2. ^ Brooklyn Rapid Transit, New York Times, April 1, 1886, pg. 8.
  3. ^ a b The Brooklyn Republicans, New York Times, October 12, 1883, pg. 2.
  4. ^ Brooklyn Rapid Transit, New York Times, June 12, 1883, pg. 5.
  5. ^ Death List Of A Day, New York Times, October 4, 1903, pg. 7.
  6. ^ Classified Ad 3-No Title, New York Times, January 23, 1906, pg. 14.
  7. ^ Florist McCullough Disappears, New York Times, January 9, 1895, pg. 09.
  8. ^ Fire Follows Explosion, New York Times, March 4, 1895, pg. 5.
  9. ^ Brooklyn Changes In Business Centre, New York Times, March 13, 1927, pg. E21.

Coordinates: 40°41′36″N 73°59′27″W / 40.69329°N 73.99079°W / 40.69329; -73.99079