(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.