The 20th Century was not kind to No. 901 Broadway. Used for loft space and manufacturing for decades, by the 1980s it was grubby and rusting and largely empty. Despite landmark status, the future for the old Lord & Taylor store was grim.
A series of owners, starting with Darius Sakhai in 1995, reversed the trend. The upper facade was restored and tacky storefronts replaced. In 2006 Joseph Sitt paid $17.375 million for the building and three years later resold it for just under $25 million. Although still not completely occupied the surviving sliver of Lord & Taylor's 19th Century emporium seems to have a brighter future.
non-credited photographs taken by the author