453‒455 Broome Street

1872‒1873, Griffith Thomas, architect

Like an Italian palazzo, the handsome building has strong cornices separating each floor and ornate window decoration with balustrades.

This building at the southwest corner of Broome and Mercer streets is the former headquarters of Welcome Hitchcock & Co., a venerable dry-goods firm that began operations in 1818. The firm was the source of an endless variety of mourning goods, including ribbons, shawls, crapes, arm bands, black bonnets, and black crocheted mourning mitts, according to the 1892 King’s Handbook of New York City.

Number 453‒455 is a typical Griffith Thomas cast iron creation on a street dominated by his designs. Like an Italian palazzo, the handsome building has strong cornices separating each floor and ornate window decoration with balustrades. Stand on the northwest corner of Broome and Mercer streets to see three Griffith Thomas iron buildings—453‒455, 457, and 469—at once.

Directions: After viewing this building, return one block west to Greene Street; walk south toward Grand Street.

Images

Welcome G. Hitchcock & Co., 1892

Welcome G. Hitchcock & Co., 1892

King's Handbook of New York City called it a "splendid iron front building six stories high." View File Details Page

Street Address:

453-455 Greene Street, New York, NY [map]

Cite this Page:

Margot Gayle and Robin Lynn, “453‒455 Broome Street,” Tours, accessed November 18, 2019, http://tours.hpef.us/items/show/10.

Share this Story