Building New York for Four Generations
Irving Warshaw was born in 1893. He immigrated to the United States and began attending classes at Cooper Union in New York City.
Irving did not have enough money to take the trolley from Williamsburg to downtown Manhattan, so he walked every day to and from school.
Irving achieved a degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering, which led him to a receive a job with the New York City Transit Authority Engineering department.
After 6 years of working for the Authority, he went off on his own and started building houses in Howard Beach.
After a customer complained that the basement concrete slab he poured was too hard, he moved onto bigger things.
Irving had two sons, Seymour and Murray. Murray enlisted in the Army during the Second World War.
After repairing tanks in the Philippines, he returned home to New York City and enrolled in Brooklyn Polytechnic where he attended night classes while working for his father during the day. After years of hard work, he received his degree in Civil Engineering and his P.E.
At the same time, Murray and Seymour teamed up with their father to continue the lineage of the company.
It wasn’t long before Murray, Seymour, and their father became the preferred contractor of Irving’s former organization, the Transit Authority.
Murray’s two son’s Charlie and Brian teamed up with Murray to continue the family legacy. The business thrived as they continued to tackle difficult infrastructure work for the city, specifically the MTA.
Jared came aboard, establishing the 4th generation in the company’s long history.
Charles and Jared continued their family's trajectory, tackling difficult infrastructure projects.
Meanwhile, they headed in a new direction, using the skills they learned in heavy construction to create for the private sector.
They began performing work for developers, architects, and owners which involved new construction, historic restorations, renovations, and modernization.
Throughout the family's history, there are several locations where one generation has upgraded the work of the previous.
One example is the East New York Bus Depot, where all four generations were hired for improvements 30 years apart from one another.
Where’s F&S Going Next?
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