An example of working class houses with first floor cast iron and glass storefronts, this modest pair of four-story structures is unusual for the area. The buildings' three upper floors have a brick structure clad with cast iron panels modeled in a simple and flat stone block design. Cast iron pins projecting from the panels' backs are fastened to the brick wall by means of flat bolts. This system exemplifies the speedy, efficient and inexpensive design process that could be achieved with cast iron. The plates are precisely fitted to minimize the visibility of joints, making the structures appear as if they were built of stone. This impression is dispelled by a foundry plaque identifying the Jackson & Bros. Iron Works as the producer of these cast-iron facades.


91 and 93 Grand Street Buildings
91 and 93 Grand Street, John Snook [1869]