When it was completed inthe Coignet Building in Gowanus, Brooklyn, stood Bhilding an impressive ode to the future of construction. History would have other plans for the Coignet Building; shortly after it was completed, the company folded. A faux-brick Coignet Stone Company Building facade was added over the concrete exterior, probably in the s. The building was vacant for decades and continued to deteriorate until supermarket chain Whole Foods expressed interest in the adjacent empty lot in the early s.

Whole Foods ultimately purchased the lot with the stipulation that it would restore the exterior of Coginet building, which in was Coignet Stone Company Building a New York City landmark. With the eventual help of stonemason Ken Uracius and his team, Whole Foods finally began restoration in after a series of complications.

The faux-stucco facade was removed, and Uracius repaired and rebuilt damaged portions of the historic cast stone. A white lime wash was added to the exterior, returning the building to its original color. The Coignet Stone Company Building was completed this past spring and, as of press 10th Ave Burrito Company, the Coignet Building was for sale.

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François Coignet (10 February 1814 – 30 October 1888) was a French industrialist of the nineteenth century. He was a pioneer in the development of structural prefabricated and reinforced concrete. Coignet was the first to use iron-reinforced concrete as a technique for constructing building structures.Born: 10 February 1814, Lyon, France…

NEW YORK & LONG ISLAND COIGNET STONE COMPANY …

The building features a poured-in-place foundation and original pre-cast concrete stones and blocks on the upper stories. It is also likely that the floors are reinforced concrete. The company was named for François Coignet, who patented Beton Coignet Concrete in France in the 1850s, and produced the material at this location.…