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Brown Building

Designated Landmarks of New York

 
 
Brown Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Lander, April 26, 2012
1. Brown Building Marker
Inscription. This ten story neo-renaissance loft building, designed by New York architect John Wooley, was built in 1900-01 for Joseph J Asch. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory occupied the building's top three floors. In 1909, Triangle employees initiated the first large-scale strike of women workers in the country, but workers demands for increased fire safety were not met. On March 25, 1911, a fire swept through the factory, claiming the lives of 146 garment workers. Prompted by the outrage of reformers and labor unions, notably the ILGWU, New York State enacted legislation to safeguard the health and safety of workers. These laws subsequently served as models for national labor and safety reforms. The building facade was largely undamaged by the fire. In 1929 Frederick Brown donated the building to New York University, which named it in his honor, and has used it ever since as an academic building.
 
Erected 2003.
 
Location. 40° 43.785′ N, 73° 59.719′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Washington Place. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 Washington Place, New York NY 10003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Triangle Fire (here, next to this marker); Triangle Shirtwaist Factory (here, next to this marker); John W Draper and the Founding of the American Chemical Society (within shouting distance of this marker); Cervantes (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Arch (about 700 feet away); Colonnade Row (approx. 0.2 miles away); Judson Memorial Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bella Abzug (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2012, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 36 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 27, 2012, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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