Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Richmond Ice Co.




So I've driven past this building perhaps a million times (no kidding) and I've never noticed it's name or the very cool crumbling cement objects adorning its top. My mother-in-law told me about and that she'd called the Staten Island Museum to let them know they were eroding and in need of preservation or something. Here they are then; the walruses of the long deceased Richmond Ice Co.










WALRUSES










Once the existing concrete structure was part of a larger complex presumably serving Richmond County's many ice needs.

Unfortunately the building is now marked with the dreaded FDNY "do not save in case of a fire" X in box symbol

2 comments:

James H. said...

This square (I like to call it an "Ice Box"), plain stone building has always intrigued me. It wasn't until last weekend that I noticed the walruses. They are the only decorative ornamentation on this giant ice box - they are unique, creative and humorous!
I never knew what that ominous X stood for - I think that what's left of those walrus heads should be removed and preserved.

You can find my photograph of this ice box at my web site here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasmike215/3347235501/

Michael J said...

Was biking down Edgewater/Front Street on the way to the ferry this morning and they were in the process of demolishing it.

I realize it had to go, but sad to see a pice of history finally disappear.