A.T. Stewart Dry Goods Store
280 Broadway, Joseph Trench and John B. Snook (1846)

This white marble structure was built as the first department store in the United Stated. Based on the form of an Italian palazzo, this may be the first example of Renaissance Revival architecture in New York. The building's accurate proportions and restrained geometrical ornamentation generated associations with Europe that enhanced its commercial and architectural success. Twelve-foot high ground floor windows showcased the store's merchandise and allowed light into the interior.

With the mid 19th century growth of the residential area around Washington Square, A.T. Stewart moved his store to Broadway between 9th and 10th Streets. Situated near the city's political and civic center, the old store building was converted into the headquarters of the Sun Newspaper. Today this building houses municipal offices.

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