Resembling an Italian Renaissance palazzo, this is among the earliest examples of cast-iron architecture in New York, not to mention one of the largest. Its arched windows seem to go on forever, and because of the building’s cast-iron construction, they probably could. The innovation freed builders from the constraints of massive masonry walls, and allowed them to create structures with open interiors and more light than ever before.

254–260 CANAL STREET NEW YORK Photo Gallery

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