In the era of gas lighting, cast iron was often used for large window enframements that opened up the interior to light and air. This ornate brick building of the 1880s, with continuous glazed areas along its Broadway front, reflects this practice. (Cast iron continued to be used throughout the city for window enframements into the 1930s, even in such large buildings as Grand Central Terminal and the B. Altman & Company store.) Along the less important Prince Street side, stone lintels and sills have been substituted for cast iron. Here the brick wall must support each opening, so the windows are narrower and set further apart.
Directions: Walk one block west on Prince Street to Mercer Street. Proceed north on Mercer Street.