Many of the middle-class brownstone houses along Sixth Avenue have been altered over the years, and in this case the alteration included the addition of retail space. These late nineteenth-century rowhouses were built in the Italianate style with unusually high stoops that served to distance the parlor floor from the bustle of the busy street below. It made the added storefronts seem as though they had been part of the original design. The busy street, of course, also assured that the stores would thrive. In this particular case, the high basement allowed for a two-story extension without encroaching on the house itself.
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