Dog biscuits granted historical status

NEW YORK (AP) - September 17, 2008

An 80-year-old building that once housed a Milk Bone dog biscuit factory has been granted historic status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The lower Manhattan factory was constructed by Wheatsworth, Inc., a cracker and flour manufacturer that also invented Milk Bones.

The Wheatsworth building - by industrial bakery designer J. Edwin Hopkins - was completed in 1928.

It features a granite base, terra cotta pilasters etched with bundles of wheat stalks, and several bands of multi-colored terra cotta friezes, which are typical of the Art Deco style.

The faEcade's projecting vertical piers and abstract sculptural forms are characteristic of the Viennese Secessionist style.

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