Damage to the facade between the first and second stories of this building reveals the way in which ornamental cast-iron plates were typically bolted onto the brick facade. Easily attached to a modest brick base by unskilled laborers, mass produced cast-iron panels and decorative elements afforded straightforward and inexpensive means with which to aggrandize simple, utilitarian commercial buildings. Circular glass discs embedded in metal stairs running the width of the entire building illuminate the basement storage/work area which extends beyond the facade to the edge of the sidewalk.

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71 Greene Street Building
71 Greene Street, Henry Fernbach, 1873