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Finding Their Architectural Roots

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The New York Landmarks Conservancy in partnership with The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York cordially presents:


Finding Their Architectural Roots: Cracking the Mystery of One of Brooklyn’s Most Prolific
and Distinguished Architectural Firms – Parfitt Brothers

Presented by: Gregory Dietrich, Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting

Over the past several decades, the name “Parfitt Brothers” has become synonymous with some of Brooklyn’s most distinctive buildings from Bensonhurst to Brooklyn Heights. Originally established by English brothers, Walter and Henry, in 1875, and later expanded to include brother, Albert, the Parfitt Bros. evolved into one of the borough’s leading architecture firms of its day during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, designing a range of institutional, residential, and commercial buildings in a wide variety of styles. While much is known about their work in Brooklyn, little is known about their background in England and their architectural training. Seeking to unlock the mystery of their past, architectural historian Gregory Dietrich will talk about his quest to uncover the brothers’ origins, from their humble beginnings in Frome, England, to their early years in Brooklyn and the subsequent opening of the practice that led to their renown.

Gregory Dietrich is a graduate of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development programs, He has been working in the field of Historic Preservation for over twenty years. Since 2009 he has been the sole proprietor of Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting, where he has completed historic architectural investigations, National Register Nominations, historic tax credit, and grant applications, preservation planning and policy studies, and cultural resource studies. In addition to his consulting work, he served as an adjunct professor at FIT between 2008 and 2018, and currently teaches a seminar within the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program at NYU. In addition to teaching, Gregory is regularly engaged as a guest speaker, tour guide, moderator, and panelist on a wide variety of preservation topics.



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