Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Monday, August 2, 2021
Banvard's double-purpose structure--a museum on the lower levels and a theater on the main floors--was a rather inelegant take on the recent French Second Empire style. Shops occupied the ground floor on either side of the centered entrance doors. Three stories of red brick supported a double-height mansard fronted by a cast iron balcony.
Shades of Augustin Daly; shades of Ada Rehan's Katharine; shades of all the traditions of the spot where John Drew played when he was young and where Mrs. Gilbert played when she was old! In streaming red letters a huge sign yesterday announced to Broadway, Daly's Theatre, The Home of Burlesque.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
As early as the mid-1850's a house stood at 303 West 19th Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. The owner took in boarders who (not surprisingly given the location near the Hudson River) were all laborers. Whether the building was replaced, or simply heavily remodeled around 1860 is unclear. Either way, the three-story, brick-faced house now had a cast iron commercial space at ground level. The upper windows were given handsome cast iron Italianate lintels and sills, and a pressed metal cornice with scrolled brackets was installed.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Since all efforts to successfully suppress this cruel practice have been fruitless thus far, may I suggest one that would be successful?Let all men show distinctly their distaste for women who wear aigrettes, and let women who wear them and shopkeepers who sell them be arrested and either heavily fined or imprisoned.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
In 1831 construction began on a house and store at the northwest corner of Ninth Avenue and West 21st Street for a "Mr. Royer." Completed the following year, it was two-and-a-half stories tall and faced in red Flemish bond brick. In the rear was an ample yard with a small wooden house.
After his death in 1882, his estate continued to maintain the property until finally selling it in 1910; advertising the house as a “three story tenement and store.”