Stern Brothers Department Store
32-36 West 23rd Street, Henry Fernbach [1878], enlarged by W. M. Schickel [1892]

From humble beginnings as the children of immigrants in Buffalo, the Sterns became an important merchandising family in New York City. The entire family worked in this store, which carried both luxury goods and merchandize for the working classes. This enterprise was distinguished by its elegant door men in top hats and by the generous and friendly service of the Sterns themselves.

This enormous, six-story cast-iron building was executed in the Renaissance Revival style. W.M. Schickel's typically 19th century addition tripled the dimensions of the original structure on the eastern portion of the site. The tall central section of this addition animates the long and delicately detailed facade. The company's monogram is located above a central arch.

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