8 Bond Street, Great Neck, NY 11021
8 Bond Street, Great Neck, NY 11021
William Russell (WR) Grace commissioned the building. Grace was born in Ballylinan, County Laois, Ireland on May 10, 1832. He married Lillius Gilchrist, the daughter of a well-known ship builder from Thomaston, Maine. This is where the building gets its name. WR Grace left Ireland during the potato famine and moved to Peru where he founded the WR Grace company. This company went on to become one of the
largest and most powerful shipping and industrial conglomerates in the world. Grace commissioned one of his favorite architect's James W. O'Connor to build the Thomaston Building. After its construction the building served as the world headquarters for Grace Real Estate. Later in its history the Thomaston Building was the Great Neck NY City Hall.
The Thomaston Building is a handsome brick building that has classical colonial features such as a slate gable roof, period showroom windows and wood belt course with dentil molding above the first story In its gable ends are classic round oculus windows. The building was constructed in 1926 and is an excellent example of Georgian Revival architecture.
Patrick Silberstein purchased The Thomaston Building in 1981. Though he saw the spirit and beauty of the building, it had been severely neglected. Silberstein's love for historic refurbishment drove him to commission the best artisans in all fields of construction and design to restore the building to its original luster. The original woodwork, slate roof and iron-tinted bricks were all brought back to their former glory. Along with the Thomaston’s facelift, Silberstein brought the building into the 21st Century. Fiber Optics and state of the art security cameras run the length of the building. All 15 office spaces have been completely renovated with high end kitchen appliances, marble bathrooms, and their own self sufficient air and electric systems. With LED lighting throughout and natural gas energy, the Thomaston Building is environmentally friendly at its core. When asked of the building’s beauty, Silberstein often quotes Sir Isaac Newton saying, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Patrick has brought the best of William Russel Grace’s original construction full force into a future W.R. Grace could not have imagined. The Thomaston Building is an historical landmark that stands in the heart of Great Neck is the center of the bustling community. All are welcome to visit and view the historical flag collection that lines the hallways. Click here to read a letter written to Patrick by his friend Albert Cappellino about the Thomaston Building.
Elaine's Asian Bistro is a fusion asian restaurant featuring the finest of traditional Chinese cuisine and the freshest sushi around. With its modern full bar and cozy lounge, Elaine's has the right atmosphere to let loose, unwind and enjoy a delicious meal.
La Rotonda invites the whole family to enjoy their custom brick oven pizza and classic Italian appetizers and entrées. La Rotonda has several private party rooms for all occasions and offers catering when you are partying at home.
The Thomaston Building is host to 20 eclectic and unique businesses. Prometheus Computers, Integrated Strategies and Support, and Conescan innovate on the cutting edge of the newest technologies in the fields of web-software and site design, server management and support, and health equipment. Bonomo Turkish Taffy and Iconic Candy revive discontinued candy lines and breathe new life into classic formulas producing candy from the original recipes and making them available for retailers all over the world. There are real-estate developers, doctors and lawyers of all kinds. On the first floor, the Thomston Building features a 3000 sq/ft luxury hair salon (Thomas Cole Salon), an Italian restaurant featuring a brick oven pizza (La Rotonda), and a fresh sushi bar and traditional Chinese restaurant (Elaine’s Asian Bistro). The Thomaston Building boasts an excellent self-sufficient work environment that fosters creativity and efficiency, while at the same time allows one to feel the comfort and beauty of being at home. Read more about some of the businesses below.