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J. C. French & Sons business card J. C. French ad in 1893 Trow's City Directories for New York
Trow's City Directories for New York, 1893


J. C. French pamphlet ca 1890
Patent Vault, Sidewalk, Floor, Roof, and Sky Lights
J. C. French & Sons, New York, ca 1890, 2p (front & back).
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  • 155 West Broadway, New York
  • 537 Canal Street, New York
  • Branch Works: 357 West Randolph St., Chicago


  • 1872-1895-?


  • James Constantine French, b.1826 (Descendant of Edward French of Salisbury, MA?)
  • Son, Richard R. French, b.1852
  • See Famous Frenches at the French Family Association web site
  • "The French Vault-Light Company, Jacob G. Curtis, R. Carter and J. C. French, officers, established their works at 54 South Clinton street in 1872, and employed forty men. Sidewalk, roof and vault lights were placed in the J. Y. Scammon, the Hale & Ayer and Hall & Kimbark buildings that year." —Industrial Chicago, 1891
  • "Corner (155 W Broadway): This 1865 Renaissance Revival building by Jardine, Hill and Murdoch originally housed J.C. French & Sons, manufacturers of sidewalk trapdoors and skylights. Now it's a supplementary courthouse for the New York City Supreme Court." —New York Songlines: Thomas Street