Gowanus Canal Area

The Gowanus Canal occupies a distinct place in New York City's history for its leading role in facilitating industrial transport in Brooklyn and for its unparalleled toxicity as a repository for industrial and domestic sewage since the mid-late nineteenth century. While community-driven efforts have focused on toxic remediation, Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus (FROGG) have advocated for the preservation of the area's industrial character through National Register listing. Responding to the organization's request, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation specified the completion of a historic resource inventory and limited archaeological survey as a means of defining a historic district boundary. Working with Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants, GDPC served as project manager and principal investigator for historic architecture on the Historic Resource Inventory and Limited Phase 1A Documentary & Limited Archaeological Sensitivity Report for the Gowanus Canal area. This exhaustive study encompassing more than 470 properties will provide the basis for the NYS-OPRHP to make its district boundary determination, and in doing so, enable FROGG to move forward with listing a sizable portion of the Gowanus Canal neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places.


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