Manhattan building is still heated with 1850s radiator, rubbish removal co. says
My oldest customers know that cool antiques are the way to my heart, and my most recent Chelsea trip only proved the point.
I was visiting a longtime customer, a building management company, and I spotted this old, cast iron radiator in the hallway of the building. I noticed it was made by A.A. Griffing Iron Co and it had a date printed on it.
“Nick, only you would find that,” she said, adding that the building was built in 1850.
I started picturing horse-drawn carriages rolling down 23rd Street. One would stop in front of this building, the very one we were in, and a New Yorker would step out and enter the building. The person would stand next to this very heater, the same one I was standing next to more than 120 years later.
The heating radiator was invented sometime from 1855 to 1857 by a guy named Franz San Galli. That means that this building was not heated by a radiator for at least five to seven years after it was built. It also means that Franz probably made a lot of money.
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