While the stores along Sixth Avenue served the middle-class and working-class commuters who used the 'El,' the Fifth Avenue section of Ladies' Mile catered to the wealthier clientele of the "carriage trade." Samuel Lord and George Taylor were two English immigrants who together built one of the most respected fashion establishments along the more upscale avenue of Ladies' Mile. Speculating that the retail district would expand east, they built their third department store at the corner of 20th Street. In 1914, the store moved for a final time to 38th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Built in the French Second Empire style at the height of its popularity in the United States, this lavishly ornamented cast-iron building is endowed with a striking corner pavilion capped by a tall mansard roof.


Former Lord and Taylor Store
901 Broadway, James Giles [1867]