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Location:

  • Office and Works: 264-272 Monitor Street; 345-347 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y.
  • 262 Monitor Street (several locations)
  • Factory: 481 Driggs Ave. (corner N. 10 St.)
  • Bklyn Vault Light Co., Henry HELD, proprietor.
  • "As the Brooklyn Vault Light Co. the business was located at 481 Driggs Ave. from 1896 to 1904, Norman Ave. corner of N. Henry St. from 1905 to 1910, 254 Monitor St. from 1911 to 1931, and 262 Monitor St. from 1932 to 1958. All of these are Brooklyn addresses." —Walter Grutchfield

Timeline:

  • 1896 · Henry Held takes over old Towle Vault Light Co.
  • 1958 · End of operations
Brooklyn Vault Light Co Logo
BVL Co · CAST IRON VAULT LIGHTS AND DOORS.
CEMENT AND STEEL CONSTRUCTION. PRISM LIGHTS.
FLOOR, COURT, ROOF AND SIDEWALK LIGHTS.
Year Book of the Brooklyn Chapter of the
American Institute of Architects
· 1908


Brooklyn Vault Light Company ad from Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide, 1888 Brooklyn Vault Light Company ad from Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide, 1912
Brooklyn Vault Light Co.,
(Formerly TOWLE VAULT LIGHT CO.)
Manufacturers of
VAULT LIGHTS, SKYLIGHTS,
And Patent Light Work of Every Dscription.
Factory, 481 Driggs Ave.,
Tel., 1240 Wmsburg. (cor. N. 10th St.), Brooklyn
Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide, 1888
IRON FOUNDRY PATTERN SHOP
Brooklyn Vault Light Co.
Manufacturers of
VAULT LIGHTS, SKYLIGHTS
and Patent Light Work of Every Description
270 MONITOR STREET
Telephone Connection BROOKLYN
Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide, 1912

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Notes:

  • Officers: Henry Held, President; Louis Hinrichs, Vice-President; John J. Sigrist, Secretary & Treasurer
  • "Manufacturers of Vault Lights, Roof Lights and Patent Light Work"
  • "The Brooklyn Vault Light Co., manufacturers of vault lights, skylights and patent light work of every description, contemplate building larger quarters to better provide for the great increase of their business, which has outgrown recent extensions and improvements of plant. Their orders include nearly all of the new school buildings and much work for the leading contracting builders. For the Geo. A. Fuller Co. they equipped the new mercantile building on the southeast corner of Spring and Mercer sts. The office and factory of the Brooklyn Vault Light Co. are at No. 481 Driggs av, corner of North 10th st. Brooklyn. Telephone 399B Williamsburgh." —Record and Guide, October 13, 1900
  • "Average Number of Employees: Males (19), Males under 18 (1), Males under 16 (1), Females (0), Females under 16 (0), Hours of labor (54), Changes ordered (3), Compliances reported (3)" —Annual Report of the Factory Inspectors of the State of New York for the Year Ending 1901
  • "A Vault Light Company With Great Resources. The Brooklyn Vault Light Company, Norman av and North Henry st. Brooklyn, is one of few concerns that can boast of having built up its present extensive business strictly upon the merits of the product it manufactures. It numbers among its installations some of the most conspicuous operations in the metropolitan district. It has also developed an extensive business in light castings, as it has a foundry in connection with its plant where this work is done. Examples of this company's work may be seen at the Prudential Insurance Company's new buildings in Newark, N. J.; in the Franklin-Hudson Building at the corner of Franklin and Hudson sts; in the Henry Corn Building on 4th av, the new Bronx court house, the Henry Greenhut building at 18th st and 6th av, the Mills & Gibb building at 22d st and 4th av, and the Braender building at 24th st and 4th av. The Brooklyn Vault Light Company has resources and equipment for handling contracts for vault lights and light castings most expeditiously, and its long list of satisfied customers, both architects and general contractors, bespeaks the kind of work that this firm turns out." —Record and Guide, July 2, 1910
  • "Brooklyn concerns elected to membership in the Associated Industries of New York State, Inc., in the past few months were as follows: November — Charles T. Bainbridge's Sons, Boorum & Pease Company, Brooklyn Vault Light Company, E. Reed Burns Supply Company." —Brooklyn, Volume 2, 1920
  • "THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS proposes to approve the following subcontractors: ... Brooklyn Vault Light Company, 262 Monitor st., Bklyn., for vault light doors..." —The City Record, July 3, 1940
  • Holm Hinrichs obituary: "For 64 years Holm called Huntsville home. Born in Hildesheim, Germany, his mother, Inge Iwerson, was a graduate of the Bauhaus School of Design in Dessau and his father, Hans Georg Hinrichs, was a Lieutenant in the Navy at Wilhelmshaven. In 1931, his father came to America to join an uncle in the Hinrichs Foundry & Brooklyn Vault Light Company and live in Port Washington, NY, where Holm attended high school." —Laughlin Service Funeral Home, 2015

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