Hecla Iron Works from 1876 to 1908

Collection History

The digital collection draws upon the Library's exhibition, "Victorian Ornament: Excerpts from Design History," Dec. 9, 1989 - March 10, 1990, Edna Barnes Salomon Room, and supplements it with additional works through the 1920s. Holdings from the Victorian period, 1839-1900, are particularly strong covering America and Western Europe; these are often pattern or illustrated advice books. Other movements with representative, and often rare, titles include: Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and Art Deco.


The Art & Architecture Collection has long been a repository of unusual plate books, with a core antiquarian collection dating to the initial creation of the Art Division. Many came from the private library of the architect Thomas Hastings, of the partnership, Carrere and Hastings, responsible for the Library's landmark classical revival building on Fifth Avenue. In the second half of the twentieth century, the department acquired additional significant titles retrospectively in response to growing recognition of the collection's depth and rarity.

Collection Data

Niels Poulson and Charles Eger founded the Hecla Iron Works in 1876. The company (named for an active volcano in Iceland) supplied ornamental work for many New York City landmark buildings. These three volumes contain images of their work space, as well as examples of their projects.
Hecla Iron Works (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1908
Place: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Library locations
Rare Book Division
Shelf locator: VIR+ (Hecla Iron Works. . .)
Industries -- United States
Steel-works -- United States
Physical Description
Photographs, encapsulated in mylar, mounted and bound
Extent: 3 v. photographic prints : ill. ; f̊.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 53171107
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15823239
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5f00fa20-c615-012f-c85b-58d385a7bc34
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