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9-11 Bond Street (14 Grace Avenue)



Surveyor's Name: Michele Boyd

Date of survey: July/August 2000

Building Address: 9-11 Bond Street (14 Grace Avenue)

Block/Lot: 197/437

Building type: Commercial building

Owner's name: Marcliff Realty Corp.

Building name: NA

Historical name: NA

Date of construction: 1950

Architect: Jacob W. Sherman (Brooklyn)

Building dimensions: 88’ X 97’

No. of floors: One and basement

Decorative features: “Frederick’s” signage, full-length projecting band, porthole windows

Siding material(s): Brick and vinyl

Roof style: Flat with parapet

Roofing materials: Asphalt

No. of entrances & placement: Two on south elevation at Grace Avenue, six on east elevation at Bond Street

Chimneys & placement: None

Architectural integrity: Low-Moderate; the original massing and some stylistic features are extant but the original Streamline Moderne smooth brick surface and light color scheme are not. The building was completely refaced in recent years.

Architectural style: Streamline Moderne

Description: Although conceived by a different architect, the original design mimicked that of 10 Grace Avenue, built three years earlier (see survey form for 10 Grace Avenue). In keeping with the Streamline Moderne, the building has a low, horizontal aspect, and is unified by the projecting band that runs along its entire length. The exterior walls were originally brick laid with headers at every third course. The parapet is coped with stone. The Bond Street corner of the building is rounded with two-inch pipe rails at the roofline. There are three porthole windows at the Grace Avenue elevation. The design included eight commercial spaces (currently there are seven). The basement provided storage for each store. Storefronts had aluminum and white plaster facing on fascias and bases. These are not extant.

The pipe railings and porthole windows evoke the nautical feeling of the Streamline Moderne. The original storefronts, with their enframements of aluminum and white plaster, would have underscored the sleekness of the original building.

Historical information: This building replaced an earlier building on the site, a one story office designed by Arthur C. Jackson for Grace Properties in 1940.

Frederick’s Luncheonette has been located in this building since shortly after it was built. A 1976 fire in Frederick’s resulted in extensive repairs and renovations.

Source: VGNP Building Department files.



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