363 Bond Street

 

If you’d like to get one last look at 363 Bond Street before it’s covered up — and eventually torn down — now’s your chance. Construction workers are currently erecting a construction barrier similar to the one they installed across the street at 365 Bond Street in July. Soon enough both buildings will be gone to make way for the 700-unit monstrosity that’s coming; a new sign promises demolition will be complete by the end of 2013.

Not that these two buildings are especially glorious. They’re drab as all get out. But their passing represents a passing of Gowanus as it’s been for the past 100 years or so. Time marches on, I guess.

I attempted to do a little digging at the NYC Department of Buildings website into the history of 363 Bond. There are some violations issued for problems with an elevator in the 1960s (an elevator in a one-story building? to where?) and of course a slew of complaints following the work that began without a permit this past summer. But getting accurate information from the first half of the 20th Century is difficult; there are actions listed as far back as 1901 (with several more in the years immediately thereafter) and another concentrated group of actions in the 1940s, but it’s hard to tell whether those were for the building that stands there now or some other building(s) on the same lot. There are PDF scans of Certificates of Occupancy you can look at from as far back as 1910. It’s pretty cool. Check it all out here. Perhaps some enterprising investigator with a little more time and determination than me can dig up a more detailed history of these buildings.