226 Fifth Avenue

While not as refined as its neighbor to the south at 222 Fifth Avenue, 226 Fifth Avenue is still a strong reminder of how accomplished architects of the early 20th Century were in converting residences into commercial buildings.

Above the first two floors, the Italianate cornice of the original brownstone of 1852-1853 survives.  At the ground and second floors architect W. B. Smith inserted a delicate yet dramatic cast iron shop-front in 1894, suggestive of a theater’s proscenium and seemingly pinned in place by a beautifully rendered cartouche.

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