Keramos Hall

857-861 Manhattan Avenue
Thomas C. Smith

This Swiss chalet-style structure, which originally housed commercial enterprises, offices, and space for civic organizations, was constructed by Thomas C. Smith, the owner of the Union Porcelain Works. The blue and white tiles on the risers of the entry stairs were produced by Smith’s company and were most likely installed to advertise his business. The fanciful building had fallen into disrepair and had long been clad in vinyl siding until a restoration to its original appearance, which included the recreation of its central tower, was completed in 2013. Keramos Hall is located within the Greenpoint Historic District, and the State and National Register Historic District boundaries.