309 Canal Street

(northeast corner of Canal and Mercer streets)
1856‒1857, architect unknown

a limestone facade and early iron-front ground floor on Canal Street

Arnold, Constable & Company, a venerable department store providing “elegant clothing from cradle side to graveside,” opened in 1827. Founded by Englishman Aaron Arnold who was joined by his son-in-law James M. Constable, this fine store at the northeast corner of Canal and Mercer streets boasted a limestone facade along its prominent Canal Street front and an early iron-front ground floor.

Despite its grandeur, the firm stayed here for only twelve years before following the shifting city population northward to its new store at Broadway and 19th Street in 1869. In 1914, Arnold Constable (as it was then known) moved to its final location at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 40th Street, where it remained until closing its doors in 1975. The Fifth Avenue building has been converted to the Mid- Manhattan Branch of the New York Public Library.

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309 Canal Street

309 Canal Street

view looking northeast | Creator: Leslie Schwartz Photography View File Details Page

Arnold, Constable & Company advertisements

Arnold, Constable & Company advertisements

published in the New York Herald on May 11, 1856 suggest the variety of products available at the store | Source: New York Herald, May 11, 1856, page 5. View File Details Page

Arnold, Constable & Company advertisement

Arnold, Constable & Company advertisement

published in the New York Herald on September 2, 1856 suggest the range of products available. | Source: New York Herald, September 2, 1856, p. 3. View File Details Page

Arnold, Constable & Co. is scene of employee robbery

Arnold, Constable & Co. is scene of employee robbery

An 1858 newspaper article describing the arrest of an Arnold, Constable employee for theft. | Source: "Robbing His Employers, Recovery of the Stolen Goods," New York Herald, February 1, 1858, p. 5. View File Details Page

a succession of buildings

a succession of buildings

ca. 1915 advertisement for Arnold, Constable & Co. at its new headquarters at Fifth Avenue and 40th Street View File Details Page

Street Address:

309 Canal Street, New York, NY [map]

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