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March 5, 2007


WardBakery-benben.jpg Click here to sign the following petition, hosted by PetitionOnline.com:

To: Mayor Michael Bloomberg

The Ward's Bakery at 800 Pacific Street is a gem of historic industrial architecture. Completed in 1911, it's builder, George Ward, had taken his architects to Europe for inspiration in its design.

The building is graced with rows of Greco-Roman inspired arches, embellished with a delicate band of a classic wave motif, and clothed entirely in gleaming white terra cotta tile.

Ward's Bakery is a magnificent candidate for adaptive reuse and would yield amazing living and/or workspaces. The success of such conversions has been demonstrated again and again in former industrial enclaves, such as SOHO, Tribeca, and the meat-packing district.

Forest City Ratner is poised to demolish this building, even while their proposed project is still being litigated and may never materialize, leaving us with a wasteland of demolition sites.

We urge you intervene immediately and save this irreplaceable historic treasure for the delight of generations to come.

The Undersigned

For more info on the Ward Bakery, check out:
BrooklynSpeaks.net, Why historic buildings in the AY footprint should be reused, not demolished
Brooklyn Views, Photo
Atlantic Yards Report, FCR announces demolitions; Ward Bakery not yet on list
flickr, photos by "threecee", brick in light and shadow, stack on top, and triplicates
flickr, photo from "benben"

Posted by lumi at March 5, 2007 11:20 AM