A History of Styles and Architectural Heritage

Photo 1: Pink cast-iron building on Grand Street on the Lower East Side

Photo 2: Cast-iron building in SoHo, presently a very trendy neighborhood that over the years has been a wealthy residential area and once home to classy stores, such as Lord and Taylor's and Tiffany's, art galleries  and artists.   It has also been  known as "Hell's Hundred Acres" and a red-light district.  It is a historic district of cast-iron architecture and spacious lofts.

Photo 3: Victorian Gothic design of the 14th Ward Industrial School for poor immigrant children founded by the Children’s Aid Society and supported by John Jacob Astor III. The Astor family made their money first in the fur (beaver) trade and later in New York City real estate.

Photo 4: The Puck Building was the office of a humor and cartoon magazine, Puck, which was printed there from 1887 – 1916 by J. Ottoman Lithographing Co.  The magazine was known for its use of color and its vivid illustrations and political cartoons.  Shots of this Romanesque revival building and its statue of Shakespeare’s Puck, the mischievous fairy in Midsummer Night's Dream, have been included in many films. Will and Grace TV viewers may recognize the building’s exterior as that of Grace’s office.  The Puck Building was designed by Albert and Herman Wagner in 1885.