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The Cast Iron Building

 
 
The Cast Iron Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
1. The Cast Iron Building Marker
Inscription. Opened in 1868 as McCreery's Dry Goods Store, the Cast Iron Building is one of the finest examples of cast-iron artistry in New York City. Noted architect John Kellum designed the building and the leading firm of J.B. and W.W. Cornell manufactured the cast iron. McCreery's was part of the Ladies' Mile Shopping District for many years, but left the site in 1902, after which it became a factory for ladies' shoes and handbags. A fire in 1971 almost insured the building's doom, but the cast-iron facade and interior elements survived, and in 1972-1973 the building was resurrected for residential use., the first such conversion of a loft building in the city. The Cast Iron Building (as McCreery's) is prominently mentioned in the best-selling novel, "The Alienist," by East Village author Caleb Carr.

This plaque was placed here by
The Cast Iron Corporation, 2004.

 
Erected 2004 by The Cast Iron Corporation.
 
Location. 40° 43.964′ N, 73° 59.506′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of East 11th Street and Broadway, on the left when traveling east on East 11th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 67 East 11th Street, New York NY 10003, United States of America.
 
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The Cast Iron Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
2. The Cast Iron Building and Marker
The marker is visible here, on the East 11th side of the building, just to the left of the entrance.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grace Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frank O'Hara (about 500 feet away); Ninth Regiment New York State (about 600 feet away); Beatrix Farrand (about 700 feet away); Eleanor Roosevelt (about 700 feet away); Dawn Powell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gramercy Gym Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Statue (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York City.
 
Also see . . .  The 1868 McCreery & Co Dry Goods Store - 801 Broadway (Daytonian in Manhattan Blog, 3/15/2011). In 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, the new James McCreery & Co. Dry Goods opened its magnificent emporium on Broadway at 11th Street. Designed by John Kellum, the five-story French Second Empire building was the latest in architectural fashion, the style originating in Paris only about a decade earlier. Kellum used the relatively new technology of a pre-fabricated cast iron façade which, while being fire-proof, allowed for the ample use of large windows. Vast glass show windows lined the street level while a striking mansard roof with lacy cresting and French dormers capped the building.... Constructed by builders J. B. and W. W. Cornell, the lavish store cost a staggering $300,000.... McCreery had chosen a highly-fashionable area for his new building. Across Broadway was the Episcopal Grace Church where, for twenty years, New
<i>View on the Northwest Corner of Broadway & 11th Str.</i> image. Click for full size.
Manual of the Corporation of the city of New York. (New York : The Council, 1840-1870), 1869
3. View on the Northwest Corner of Broadway & 11th Str.
Additional title: 801 Broadway, James McCreery & Co Dry Goods Store. Image courtesy of the New York City Public Library Digital Collections.
York’s wealthy had worshipped and were married. Across 11th Street to the south was the first-class St. Denis Hotel, opened in 1853, and the side streets were lined with grand brownstone residences....Focusing on the female shopper, the store catered to the monied carriage trade. Before long The New York Times would deem it "one of the most highly esteemed dry goods establishments in America." In 1872 the newspaper commented on the store's goods. “Shawls, silks and furs, of good quality, and specially suited to the season, may be obtained at McCreery & Co.’s establishment, Broadway and Eleventh-street. They have recently added largely to their stocks, and now offer a fine selection of goods intended for ladies’ use.”...
(Submitted on October 18, 2016.) 
 
Categories. ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce
 
The Cast Iron Building - Looking Northwest across Broadway image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
4. The Cast Iron Building - Looking Northwest across Broadway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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