72 Greene Street
72 Greene Street, Isaac Duckworth [1873]

Originally a warehouse belonging to the dry goods dealer Gardner Colby Company, this impressive structure was known as the "King of Greene Street." Its ornate, three-dimensional facade is considered the finest example of the French Renaissance and Second Empire style in the entire district.

Although composed of two separate buildings, the structure is united by a projecting bay that forms a portico at the ground and rises to a pediment at the roof. At each floor, variegated freestanding columns support the protruding cornices of a central porch. Additional classically-inspired ornamental details are incorporated into the facade. A cartouche bearing the owner's initials is a tribute to Gardner's self-made financial success.