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Lorraine at Otsego

There are no buildings indicated at Lorraine and Otsego on the 1869 map and Lorraine is listed as Leonard St. The 1880 does not show any buildings in the area. Not on 1886 map. On the 1907 map on Otsego between Lorraine and Creamer. No longer standing.

In 1900 Philip H Gill premises were listed as "southerly side of Lorriane street, about seventy feet east of Otsego street".

Philip H. Gill was a grain elevator architect and builder. P. H. Gill & Sons held many patents and were noted builders of stationary grain elevators and floating grain elevators. They were located on 2 Lorraine street at Otsego Street.

In May 1887 P. H. Gill was granted permission to erect a grain elevator building on the Atlantic Docks.

In September 1902 P. H. Gill was granted permission to erect a building on the Gowanus Canal.

GILL, Philip H , Jr. Lorraine and Otsego Sts, Brooklyn and GILL, WALTER Bergen Place corner of Wakeman place were both listed as employed at P. H. Gill & Sons Forge and Machine Works in 1911.

Philip H. Gill was listed with property on Bowne Street in in 1890 and 1909.

The stationary grain elevators were substantial structures. One built by the Gill company in Blissville, Long Island was a six stories high building of brick and stone measuring 54 feet by 80 feet. The foundation was laid on 376 piers . Each floor could sustain 3,000 ponds.

The Gill company build a floating grain elevator at their facility at 9 to 17 Bowne Street in 1890. Named the Columbus it was the largest floating grain elevator to that date. Nearly 100 grain dealers took ride abroad the boat a she made her way from the Atlantic Basin around the harbor. The Columbus measured 154 feet in length and 32 feet in beam. She took two canal boats of grain in her hull - a capacity of 367 tons - and could fill 1,200 bushels of grain per hour.

Floating Grain Elevator at Fulton Market

In 1906 Philip H. Gill made a statement in court:

I am a mill builder, elevator builder, located in business in Brooklyn, and I have been engaged in the business of building thirty years. I have had continual experience in that occupation in the city of Brooklyn and neighborhood."

(New York Court of Appeals. Records and Briefs. By New York (State). Court of Appeals.)

In 1907 Philip H. Gill & Co. had 100 hp of electricity in motors connected to Brooklyn Edison Co. electricity. (Electrical world, Volume 49)


Philip H. Gill Company, at 2 Loraine Street, patentees and noted builders of the grain elevators that for many years were located on the Brooklyn waterfront, as well as of the floating elevators owned and operated by the International Elevating Company, also has its plant so closely adjacent to Erie Basin as to be known as within the sphere of its world-wide popularity. (port of new york annual By alexander r smith, 1920)
In July 1926 fire destroyed a portion of the machine shop of Philip H. Gill. That same year Philip H Gill at Lorraine and Cramer Streets rebuild parts of their machine shop.


Machinery - A sale of machinery at the plant of Philip H. Gill & Sons Forge and Machine Works, Lorraine and Otsego Sts., Brooklyn, N. Y., is announced by McCabe & Sheeran Machinery Corp., 50 Church St., New York, N. Y.

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