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  • Aberthaw Construction Co., Boston, MA [1894-present]
  • Wm. H. Addoms & Co., Inc, New York, NY [1915-1920-?]
    • 1 Huson; 99 Gold Street
    • Listed under Prismatic Glass in White-Orr's Reference Register for 1918-19
    • "Established 1915. Telephone: Worth 1038. Cable address: 'Nyotada, New York.' Codes: A B C 5th Improved, Simplex, Standard 5 letter, W. U. Specialities: Rough rolled glass, wired glass, cathedral glass, cultivators, compo-board for ceilings and interior wall linings, varnishes." —American Exporter's Export Trade Directory · 1920
  • Alpha Glass and Metal & Co, Jersey City, NJ [?-1889-1890-?]
  • S. B. Althause & Co., New York, NY [?-1845-1900-?]
    • Samuel B. Althause, Nicholas Ludlum
    • Cornell, Althause & Co. [1840]
    • 443 Broadway and 22 Mercer-street [1845]
    • 20-22 Mercer St. [1854]
    • No. 101 & 103 Thompson St.
    • See Walter Grutchfield for history
  • American 3-Way Prism Company, La Porte, IN
  • American 3-Way Luxfer Prism Company, [1926-?]
  • American Bar Lock Co., Philadelphia, PA [?-1911-1928-?]
  • American Crystal Light Company, Boston, MA [?-1886-1887-?]
    • Assignee of Isidor Schoenberg's Patent No. 354,440.
    • Listed as doing Reflector business at 7 Kilby (the other entry is Wheeler Reflector Co., 18-24 Washington) —The Boston Almanac and Business Directory, 1887
    • "BOSTON, March, 9.—At 214 State-street was the joint office of William C. Hickman, and the American Crystal Light Company. The signs on the outer wall still remain, but Hickman has joined the American colony in Canada and with him has gone to smash the National Sugarine Refining Company, incorporated on Jan. 22 last, for the manufacture, production, and sale of an article or substance called sugarine, being a substitute for common sugar."New York Times, March 10, 1887
    • "The American Crystal Light Company, No. 7 Kilby street, Boston, Mass., are putting upon the market an incidence window, upon which a patent has recently been granted. The window consists of a series of lights placed in front of and below the area opening of a building, and so adjusted as to receive the rays thrown downward and to reflect them at nearly right angles into the cellar or basement. A circular which they have issued contains a general view of the apparatus and sketches of two cellars, in one of which darkness, and consequently confusion, prevails, while in the other light is obtained by means of their window, and everything is in order. The circular presents a number of advantages and benefits derived from the use of this apparatus, and is of general interest to architects and builders."Building Age, Volume 9, Issue 1, 1887
  • American Lucifer Prism Co., corruption of American Luxfer Prism Co.
  • American Luxfer Prism Company, see Luxfer Prism Company
  • American Mason Safety Tread Co., Lowell, MA [1890-1968]
  • American Plate Glass Co., Williamsburgh, Long Island
    • "AMERICAN PLATE GLASS COMPANY -- (Factory Williamsburgh, L.I.) are now prepared to execute orders for rough Plate Glass, suitable for floors, skylights, vault, and deck lights. Prompt attention will be given to orders left at the office, 442 Broadway, or their agent, J. R. PLATT, 79 Murray st." [Scientific American, August 18, 1855, page 391; Cornell]
    • "AMERICAN PLATE GLASS CO. Having erected extensive works in East Brooklyn, (foot of North Sixth st.) are now prepared to execute promptly all orders forwarded to them, for Rough Plate Glass, for Sky Lights, Floor Lights, Pavements, Deck Lights for vessels, &c. ... All orders left at the office the Company will receive prompt attention. Office 420 Broadway. Rough Plate Glass in the Sheet at the factory, 1-4 in. 35c.; 3-8 in. 35c.; 1-2 in. 40c.; 5-8 in. 60c; 3-4 in. 75c.; 7-8 in. 80.; 1 in. 85c.; 1 1-4 in. $1.25. Terms cash in 30 days."Scientific American, August 18, 1855, page 287; Cornell
  • American Prismatic Light Co., Philadelphia, PA [?-1899-1908-?]
  • American Sidewalk Light Co., 156-158 West Ohio St., Chicago [?-1900-1901-?]
    • "Sidewalk, Floor & Roof Lights & Iron Works. AMERICAN SIDEWALK LIGHT CO. [E. A. Schreiber Iron Works]. Catalogue free. 156-158 W. Ohio-st." —Chicago Tribune, Dec 26, 1900
    • "Manufacturers of all kinds of Concrete and Hyatt Sidewalk, Floor and Skylight Work, and all kinds of ironwork. Coal-Hole Covers of every description always on hand"
Wm. H. Addoms & Co
Wm. H. Addoms & Co.

Alpha Glass and Metal Co
Alpha Glass and Metal Co.
Canadian Centre for Architecture
via the Internet Archive: ~75MB PDF

1845 ad in Sheldon & Co.'s business or advertising directory
1845 Sheldon & Co.'s business directory

American Prismatic Light Co. cover
American Prismatic Light Co. cover · 1901
Winterthur Digital Collections

American Sidewalk Light Co. ad from The Inland Architect and News Record · 1901
Inland Architect and News Record · 1901
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  • B&B Foundry and Ironworks, Boston, MA [1917-1923]
    • W. Newton St., Boston, Mass (on coal cover)
    • Office and works, 455 Medford Street, Boston, Mass. (1918)
    • Ambrose F. Bourneuf, President and Manager (1918)
    • "BOSTON.—The B & B Iron Works, Inc., has been incorporated with $10,000 capital by John F. Sutherland, C. M. Sawyer and E. E. Mullen." —Iron Trade Review, Volume 61, August 2, 1917
    • "Bourneuf is president and manager of the B. & B. Iron Works, Inc., with a shop at 455 Medford Street, Charlestown. Bourneuf was for several years connected with the L. M. Ham & Co., Architectural Iron Works of Boston and is now engaging on his own account in a similar line of manufacture." —Technology Review, Volume 20, 1918
    • This coal cover (right) is "in front of residence on West Newton Street in Boston"
    • another photo of same cover
    • Dissolved 1923
  • E. T. Barnum Wire & Iron Works, Detroit, MI [1866-1931-?]
  • Bartlett, Haywood & Co., Continental Trust Building, Baltimore, MD [?-1905-?]
  • Bartlett, Robins & Co., Baltimore, MD [?-1878-?]
    • Licensee of Hyatt's patent basement extension
    • Engraving of BARTLETT, ROBBINS & CO'S ARCHITECTURAL IRON WORKS, BALTIMORE, MD: 600DPI PNG (24MB), JPG (5MB)
  • Wm. Bayley & Sons Co., 732 Greenbush, Milwaukee, WI [?-1905-?]
  • Berger Manufacturing Company, Canton, OH
  • Brooklyn Vault Light Co., Brooklyn, NY [1896-1958]
  • T. H. Brooks & Co., 960 Lake, Cleveland, OH [1890-1905-?]
    • "Floor and Sidewalk Lights of Every Description" (The Engineering Record, Volume 49, Number 16; April 16, 1904)
    • "Thomas H. Brooks. Cleveland. T. H. Brooks & Co. Born in Indiana, Oct. 10, 1846. Came to Cleveland in early childhood. Attended the public schools. Graduated from Williams College in 1879, degree of A.B. Started T. H. Brooks, foundry and structural iron business in 1875. Formed firm of T. H. Brooks & Co. in 1890. One of the organizers of the East End Banking & Trust Co. in 1890, president for a number of years. Director The Cleveland Trust Co. Member Adv. Council Guardian Trust Co. Interested in other corporations. Member Union, University, Country and Euclid clubs. Politically a Republican. Trustee Second Presbyterian church." —Progressive Men of Northern Ohio, 1906
  • Brown BrothersBrown Bros. Mfg. Co., Chicago, IL
  • Brown & Ketcham Iron Works, Indianapolis, IN [?-1895-1909-?]
    • "The Brown & Ketcham iron works have 130 men at work, and are now completing the Iron work for the large, new gas building, the Lemcke block, and are getting out the material for the new Sayles and Malott blocks on Washington street, and have their draughtsmen at work day and night preparing to make bids on other new buildings which are to go up this year, where much heavy iron structural work will be required. Mr. Ketchum says he does not remember any January in a number of years when the outloook was as promising for the works." —Indianapolis Journal · 20 January 1896
    • Listed in the 1905-06 Thomas' Register (reprinted)
    • "WASHINGTON, D.C.—Awards have been made as follows... Ornamental iron work to BROWN & KETCHAM IRON WORKS, 2549 West Michigan St., Indianapolis, Ind., at $28,800." —Engineering News, Volume 59 · 1908
    • "The Brown & Ketcham Iron Works Company, Indianapolis, Ind., has about completed the erection of the structural steel work of the Pittsburgh Athletic Club building." —Industrial World, Volume 43, Issue 2, Part 2 · 1909
  • P. M. Bruner Granitoid Co., St. Louis, MO
  • Burnet, Jackson & Co., see Excelsior Iron Works
    • See Walter Grutchfield for history
    • "In the gaslight- and pre-gaslight era, skylights were built into sidewalks to allow as much sunlight as possible to filter into basement areas. This one, on Grand Street, was built by the Burnet Jackson Company (Excelsior Iron Works), which, if you look at the inscription at right, was located both at Centre and Howard Streets and also at 14th Street and the East River." forgotten NY street scenes (manhole & coal chute covers)
B&B Ironworks ad, 1918
1918 Boston Register and
Business Directory, Issue 83


B&B Ironworks coal cover
B&B Foundry and Ironworks
Photo: Boston bric-a-brac

Bartlett, Robbins & Co. Architectural Iron Works
Bartlett, Robbins & Co.
Architectural Iron Works

T. H. Brooks & Co. ad, 1899
Engineering News-Record, 1899

Thomas H. Brooks portrait
Thomas H. Brooks
Progressive Men of Northern Ohio
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