PRESERVING A HISTORY OF

HOPE & ENTERPRISE


We are dedicated to preserving the historical integrity of the Gowanus neighborhood while beautifying and restoring the original structure, which has been standing since 1910.


Thomas Roulston was the son of an Irish immigrant who was a grocery-clerk-turned-owner in Brooklyn. By 1888, Roulston owned three groceries, and this lot was purchased for the construction of a large grocery warehouse. The building served as the central warehouse for the Roulston company, which grew to more than 300 stores in the five boroughs.

 

The building and the business were sold after his death in 1951 by his son. All of the buildings in this complex were built at the same time and are Renaissance Revival in style with corbeled cornices and segmentally arched windows.

 

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