Norwegian father and son duo, the architect and writer Jan and photographer Are Carlsen, with video director Ninja Benneche, enthusiastically tell the relatively unknown story of Williamsburg-based Hecla Iron Works and its two pioneering founders Carl Michael Eger (Norwegian, 1843 – 1916) and the ASF’s founder Niels Poulson (Danish, 1843 – 1911) during the early 20th century, a vital period of growth for New York City as a modern metropolis developing its modern architectural language.

Amongst their discoveries of buildings that Hecla contributed to are the American Surety Building, Dakota House, B. Altman & Co. Department Store, Macomb´s Dam Bridge and 155th Street Viaduct, Grand Central Station, the New York Stock Exchange, Flatiron Building, Lullwater Bridge, and several original kiosks for the IRT subway system.



Photo by the American-Scandinavian Foundation

MON – 10-7-2013 – 6:30 PM