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Joseph Bulova (1851-1936), an immigrant from Bohemia, started a watch business in New York City in 1875. As it grew into one of the world’s leading watch companies, Bulova built a large factory at 62-10 Woodside Ave. in Woodside. After World War II, his son Arde Bulova (1889-1958) opened the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking for disabled veterans at 40-24 62 St. (the school closed in 1993).
Bulova tried to build its corporate headquarters at the corner of Queens and Yellowstone boulevards in 1949. It was met with vehement hostility in Forest Hills and in 1950 was shut down by the the city. Bulova moved on to build on a veterans’ temporary housing quonset huts site at 77th Street and Astoria Boulevard in Jackson Heights (a spot some say is in East Elmhurst).
Area residents fought Bulova again but this time the company won. It hired architect Alexander D. Crossett & Associates for a building whose design was inspired by and similar to that of the Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, DC, built in 1935. The building contains 400,000 square feet of sprawling space. It was limited in height because of restrictions in effect due to neighboring LaGuardia Airport.
The stunning art deco building of Indiana limestone won the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Building Award for 1953.
In the 1980s Bulova sold the complex, which was renovated to give space to many tenants.
Today Bulova is a subsidiary of Citizen Watch Co. The Queens Chamber of Commerce, formerly of Long Island City, which bestowed the architecture award, has its executive offices at the Bulova center.
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