Venice on Broadway in buff? Not to you and me, but to the architect, the chinaware dealer Haughwout and the shopping public, this was Ruskin's Venice. This emporium devoted to tableware included probably the first commercial Otis elevator, which has since been removed. The store has two cast-iron facades as it is a corner building. It usherd in the city's first fashionable housewares district around Broome Street.

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Haughwout Building
488 Broadway (now the Staples Building), John P. Gaynor, with iron work by Badger Iron Works [1856]