451 Broome Street

(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.

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451 Broome Street

451 Broome Street

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Terra cotta ornament at the upper three floors of 451 Broome Street.

Terra cotta ornament at the upper three floors of 451 Broome Street.

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451 Broome Street, New York, NY [map]

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Margot Gayle and Robin Lynn, “451 Broome Street,” Tours, accessed October 16, 2019, http://tours.hpef.us/items/show/25.

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