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American Can Factory
Courtesy of xo projects

The American Can Company was formed in 1901 when 60 companies representing 123 factories, consolidated to produce 90% of the tin cans in the U.S. The 130,000 sq ft complex was built on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn in 1865 with numerous additions through 1901, and includes four-, five-, and six-story buildings in a red brick Renaissance Revival style. Details include a corbelled brick cornice, large diamond windows, pilasters, and segmental- and round-arch windows with projecting brick lintels. Stone floor bands accent the story and mid-story divisions. In the 1920s the company built a six-story section. X� Projects transformed the building into a curated community of artists and light manufacturers, creating a vibrant cultural and industrial complex for the new "makers" economy.