If you have been following BFA long enough, you probably remember a post on 897 Broadway from 2012.
Here it is.
What Lies Beneath 897 Broadway
20 February, 2012 3 Comments
(click on images for full view)
Last week when I posted about the Lumen Bearing Company, Greg Witul commented on the post asking where I got the old picture of the factory. I couldn’t remember exactly and then pulled out the book I thought it was from. It came from a 50th anniversary book for Saint Stanislaus Church.
While flipping through the book, a photo of 897 Broadway caught my eye. I scanned the photo tonight and pulled some pictures from Google Maps of what is there now. When I started looking at the photos, I noticed right away that the original building is still there. It is hidden behind what was built out of it.
If you examine the pictures closely, you can see it. You will also notice that part of the building’s white facade is still visible. I don’t know how much else of it remains, but it was cool to make this discovery.
The 1923 photo shows the Broadway Bakery. Truly a great looking building.
UPDATE from Andy Golebiowski in comments:
Description from the Intensive Level Historic Resources Survey:
897  Broadway
Władysław H. Zawadzki,
Original Use: Commercial
Current Use: Vacant
NR Criterion: C
Built as a bakery, store, and
dwelling for Władysław
Niebieszczanski. Its original
richly executed Broadway
façade, of brick and white terra
cotta with copper bays, was
largely effaced when the former
bakery was joined to a
nondescript, late twentieth
century building to the west.
Now here’s the update:
The building is for sale. BFA friend Chrissy Lincoln took the below pictures of 897 earlier today and posted them on Facebook. You can click on images to see full view.
The original building still looks remarkably intact. But as Chrissy points out in her Facebook post, without some TLC, the building seems down the path of demolition. With recent good news about buildings being saved and renovated in the neighborhood, it would be a shame to see this place go away permanently.
Please share this post. You never know whose eyes it will go in front of…maybe the eyes of someone who would be interested in buying it.