The Timekeeper Building

On East 53rd is a modest looking building with a cool name:  The Timekeeper.  Originally, it was a factory building.  Sad to say, I couldn’t quite fit it all into one frame.

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 And, of course, it was originally know for its production of….cigars.  Okay, later it became known for its work in…specialized woodworking.  It’s now known for…being an office building.

Here’s the plaque:

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It reads:  “The Timekeeper – 307 East 53rd Street – Constructed in 1886 A.D., as a  factory for the manufacture of cigars.  On the site, and on its adjoining properties, had been clapboard rowhouses, stables, and a foundry.  Some forty-five years later, The Timekeeper became a center for the production of specialized woodworking of custom design.  After its 100th anniversary, painstaking rehabilitation was begun, and in 1989 the building re-opened for use as modern office and retail space.”

 I haven’t the foggiest idea why it is called “The Timekeeper”.

-H

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