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Successors to BROWN BROTHERS

''Sole Manufacturers of Hyatt's Patent Prismatic "Cement" and "Lead Band" Sidewalk Lights and Vault Lights, Floor Lights, Sky Lights, and Vessels' Deck Lights.''
Brown Brothers logo

Brown Brothers ad · 1901
Inland Architect
and News Record
· 1901

Location:

  • N. W. Corner of Clinton and West Jackson Sts., Chicago, Illinois
  • 224 & 226 Monroe St.
  • 22nd & Campbell Ave (1905)

Timeline:

  • "Sidewalk Light Dept, Established 1860 · Brown Bros Mfg Co. · Sidewalk & Vault Lights · Coal Hole Covers & Rings · Ash Pit Doors, &c. SEWER BUILDERS SUPPLIES KEPT IN STOCK"
  • "Foundry Dept, Established 1871 · Brown Bros Mfg Co. · JOBBING IRON FOUNDRY · JACKSCREWS, WALL GRATES, DUMB BELLS &c. DIFFICULT IRON CASTINGS A SPECIALTY"
  • "Sand Blast Dept, Established 1876 · WESTERN SAND BLAST CO. · MFRS. OF ORNAMENTAL GLASS FOR HOUSES, OFFICES &c. RAIL ROAD GLASS A SPECIALTY. ADVERTISING MIRROR & SIGNS."
  • "Bicycle Dept, Established 1888 · Brown Bros Mfg Co. · MFRS. OF THE "GREYHOUND" SAFETY BICYCLE. ALL BALL BEARINGS, PRICE $100. BICYCLE REPAIRS & SUNDRIES."
  • "Brown Brothers, (F. B. and Edwin Lee,) manufacturers' agents Hyatt's Patent Sidewalk and Vault Lights, and sole western manufacturers of Metallic Pattern Letters, 46 River, up stairs" —1867 Balley's City Directory for Chicago
  • "BROWN BROTHERS' VAULT-LIGHT MANUFACTORY: Edwin Lee Brown, Proprietor; northwest corner of South Clinton and West Jackson streets. Established in 1869; number of employes, 75 to 85; weekly pay-roll, $1,000; value of annual production, $250,000 to $300,000. These works are exclusively for the manufacture of Hyatt's Patent "Lead Band" and "Cement" Sidewalk Lights, Vault Lights, Floor Lights, Roof Lights, and Vessels' Deck Lights, and are the most extensive of the kind in the world. During the year 1872 this firm used in their manufacture 750 tons of iron, 100 tons of glass, 50 tons of lead and 5 tons of sulphur. They paid out for pattern-making alone, during that year, $36,000, employing more than twice as many pattern-makers as any other manufactory of any kind in Chicago. Their daily cash expenses in 1872 were about $700. For eight months of that year they made and laid down in place in front of business buildings in Chicago a sidewalk-light platform equal to 40 feet long by 6 feet wide on an average every working day — equal to a frontage of nearly two miles in length. This manufactory is worthy of a visit. Mr. Brown is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Inter-State Industrial Exposition." —The glory of Chicago · 1873
  • Broadsheet dated 1880
  • Invoice dated 1882
  • "E. L. Brown & Brothers established their vault-light factory in 1860, and in 1873 employed eighty-five men in their works at Clinton and Jackson streets. During eight months of 1872 they laid down two miles of sidewalk or vault lights in this city." —Industrial Chicago, 1891

Personnel:

  • Edwin Lee Brown, President
  • V. Reifsnider, Secretary and Treasurer
  • J. D. Richards

Paper:

Gallery:

Brown Brothers 18" Coalhole Cover Brown Brothers 20" Coalhole Cover Brown Brothers #4 Vault light
The "Star" • 18" Coalhole cover The "Star" • 20" Coalhole cover
No. 4 • 21" vault light

Links:

  • Drainspotting, Bethlehem, PA (temporarily offline)
  • The Inter-state Exposition Souvenir: Containing a Historical: "Brown Brothers, (Edwin Lee Brown, Successor and Proprietor,) cor. Clinton and Jackson streets, Chicago. Sidewalk and Vault Lights, Floor, Roof, and Vessels' Deck Lights. This exhibition comprised Hyatt's patent "lead bund" and "cement" prismatic vault lights, which are extensively and solely manufactured by this exhibitor, who does the largest business in this line of any house in the world. Some idea as to the extent of the business done in this line can be formed when the fact is known that during the year 1872 the cash outlay of the house of this exhibitor was one thousand dollars per day."