91 and 93 Grand Street

1869, John B. Snook, architect

a cast iron veneer resembling blocks of cut stone

This pair of modest working-class houses with iron-and-glass storefronts on the ground level, and three upper floors of living quarters, is quite different from any other building in SoHo. The upper floors are of common brick covered by smooth, flat, cast iron plates. The plates were cast with iron prongs projecting from their backs that were driven into the facade of common porous brick. Thus they constitute no more than a veneer of smooth metal; the grooves give the plates the appearance of being blocks of cut stone. The Jackson foundry patented this veneered look, which actually had been introduced in 1830 by the renowned Philadelphia architect John Haviland and used by him in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, to cover a bank with plate painted to look like marble. Directions: Return a few steps west to the southwest corner of Grand and Greene streets. Walk south toward Canal Street.


91 and 93 Grand Street

91 and 93 Grand Street

Rust streaks in this photograph taken in 2011 reveal that the facades are metal rather than stone. | Creator: Leslie Schwartz Photography View File Details Page

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91 and 93 Grand Street, New York, NY [map]

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