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During the early 1880s, as America was in the throes of the industrial revolution, Joseph Fahys moved his watchcase company from New Jersey to Sag Harbor, where he set up shop in the center of the village.

Photo: Courtesy of John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor

At the time it was built, the whaling industry, the primary force driving Sag Harbor’s economy, was in sharp decline, and factory jobs were more vital than ever. The Fahys Watch Case Company thrived until the Great Depression, when it closed in 1931.

Photo: Courtesy of John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor

Here’s a photograph of the factory from a different vantage point at a later date. Bulova purchased the factory in 1936 and kept it going until 1975, when it closed for good. Until now, the remains of the building have been a ghostly, empty hulk, center stage in Sag Harbor, untouchable for years owing to contaminants that needed to be removed.

Photo: Courtesy of John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor

Fast-forward to the present: Cape Advisors put a team together consisting of design architects John H. Beyer and Michael Wetstone of Beyer, Blinder, Belle, as well as executive architect Baldassano Architecture and interior designer S. R. Gambrel, to refashion the factory as condominiums, townhouses, and bungalows, which are slated to open in 2014. Quennell Rothschild & Partners have done the landscaping. Here’s a rendering of the main lobby of the loft building where Gambrel used the original chimney of the factory and opened it up on three sides. He filled the hearth with scraps and remnants found on the site during the renovation.

Photo: Courtesy of Cape Advisors

“What is unique in the building is the abundance of natural light,” Wetstone says, “as the lofts have windows on both sides, and the wings of the factory building are very narrow.” There was no electricity when the factory opened in 1881, so massive windows were key. Here’s a rendering of one of Gambrel’s loft interiors. Original factory beams and bricks were used in the renovation.

Photo: Courtesy of Cape Advisors

“This is not about reconstructing a specific vernacular like a sea captain’s house,” says Gambrel of his rendering here of the open kitchen/dining/living room of one of the townhouses. “So I had to think, what does it mean to live in a big open space with big beams and masonry walls? I tried to identify the muscular weight of the architecture and work within that vocabulary.”

Photo: Courtesy of Cape Advisors

Here’s Gambrel’s interior of a townhouse living room with the dining room beyond. “When I would talk to people who said they wanted the factory to remain empty, I’d say, ‘But it is a big part of Sag Harbor. It is not a ruin. It was in a state of decay. Now it has come back to life.’ ”

Photo: Courtesy of Cape Advisors

Back in its heyday, the factory allegedly had a social hall with game rooms where workers played cards and billiards. Here, a rendering of the interior courtyard of the loft building with pool. There will be a gym and an underground parking lot among the amenities provided.

Photo: Courtesy of Cape Advisors

Carl Henry Nacht (left) West Side Highway and 38th Street. After dinner on June 22, 2006, Nacht, a doctor who often cycled to make house calls to his elderly patients, was hit by an NYPD tow truck crossing the Hudson River Park bikeway.

Shamar Porter Linden Boulevard near Williams Avenue, East New York. On August 5, 2006, Porter’s Little League team won its playoff game. He was struck by a minivan after leaving the field.

Reginald Chan (left) Third Avenue and 17th Street. On September 15, 2006, Chan was hit by a flatbed tow truck while making a delivery of Chinese food.

Brandie Bailey Houston and Essex Streets. On May 8, 2005, Bailey was struck by a private sanitation truck while on her way home to Williamsburg after waitressing at the West Village restaurant Red Bamboo. Bailey was a regular at CBGB, where a memorial was held in her honor.

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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