550 Broadway

(altered to iron facade in 1901, architect unknown)

the last iron front in the district

This was the last iron front erected in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. The spare use of the metal supporting the glass facade shows a more sophisticated appreciation of the qualities of iron than is seen in the iron front of the beloved Haughwout Store built a few doors to the south nearly fifty years earlier.

Beginning in 1854, the jewelry firm Tiffany & Co. occupied a marble building on this site. Its graceful ground-floor display windows of glass and iron had been designed by
R. G. Hatfield and cast in the Badger foundry. Over its entrance stood the muscular figure supporting a clock that is still seen above Tiffany’s door today. In 1870 the firm moved into a large new iron palazzo on Union Square. At the turn of the century the showy Victorian marble facade at 550 Broadway was removed and updated with the iron-and- glass front we see today.


550 Broadway when still home to Tiffany & Co. in the 1850s

550 Broadway when still home to Tiffany & Co. in the 1850s

Note the nine foot tall bronze mythological figure shouldering a clock. This sculpture accompanied Tiffany's relocation to Fifth Avenue. View File Details Page

Street Address:

550 Broadway, New York, NY [map]

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Margot Gayle and Robin Lynn, “550 Broadway,” Tours, accessed August 8, 2020, http://tours.hpef.us/items/show/32.

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