(southwest corner of Broadway and Broome Street) 1895‒1896, John T. Williams, architect
steel-frame construction begins to supplant iron
At the close of the nineteenth century, the advent of steel-cage construction together with the elevator made possible the erection of buildings of unprecedented height. Tall buildings with masonry walls needed enormously thick bases to support the floors above; the steel cage required no such compromise.
This elaborate twelve-story building, with exquisite terra cotta decoration on its upper three floors, was typical of many tall buildings of its era. A few blocks north, on the east side of Broadway, between Prince and Houston streets, a row of twelve-story buildings from the 1890s dramatically shows how steel-frame construction began to supplant iron to alter the skyline.