|photo by Alice Lum
Two wide arched entrances with double doors marked the first story brownstone base. A smaller arched doorway led to the upper floors. Three stories of brick trimmed in brownstone with exceptionally tall windows for a stable building sat above. The facade was distinguished by handsome brick panels beneath the windows of the upper floors. The additional floors (stables were normally two-stories high) and the Queen Anne-inspired cornice, found more often on tenement buildings than private stables, suggests Schade may have leased living space for additional income.
|Attractive brick panels between the windows were an added touch -- photo by Alice Lum
Schade was apparently a man of strong conviction or, at least, had little intention of sitting on a jury. On May 21, 1895, when he was called for jury duty for the trial of Police Inspector McLaughlin, charged with extortion, Schade was obstinate.
The New York Times reported "Schade finally declared that he would be guided by his own opinion and would not be likely to take instructions from the court. He was excused."
While Herman and his brother Henry were establishing their plumbing business, Julius Goebel was importing clay crucibles, the holders for molten glass. Goebel arrived in America from Germany during the turbulent Civil War years, around 1865. The Goebel company was the sole American importer of Grossalmerode clay, a German clay highly resistant to heat and perfect for the crucibles.
J. Goebel & Co. was located far downtown at No. 129 Maiden Lane for nearly half a century. The firm exhibited its crucibles and clay at the 1877 Philadelphia International Centennial Exhibition, drawing the attention of glass makers.
Upon the death of Julius Goebel, the operation of the firm passed to his son, Julius Goebel, Jr. In 1927 J. Goebel & Co. moved into the former stable of Herman Schade. A molded insignia was installed over the arched entrances announcing the firm's name, surmounded by a crest with stacked crucibles.
|The stacked crucibles in the shield confuses modern locals, who mistake them for wine vats -- photo by Alice Lum
The company diversified its products before long and in 1940 advertised selling "crucibles, tongs, fluxes, furnaces and casting equipment" from the building. The Goebel family sold the building to an investor in 1946 for $40,000.
|photo by Alice Lum
Seydel and his companion, former model Marion Getty, were living at No. 95 Bedford Street when he died in October 1948 at the age of 66. Marion would stay on in the studio she shared with the artist for several more years, living with his paintings.
Greenwich Village teems with buildings that enjoy romantic and untrue stories told and retold as local lore. The quaint former stable of Herman Schade is commonly reported to be a former winery or brewery--most likely because of the German-sounding name in the molded ribbon over the door and the crucibles in the crest which are easily mistaken for wine vats, and the grape-looking clusters beneath them.
|The original doors with their wonderful strap hinges and multiple-paned openings still survive -- photo by Alice Lum