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Old New York

Old New York NY

Old New York, 1929

Leon Dolice

The rising cost of property in Manhattan during the 1840s and 1850s caused developers to modify the design of the traditional Federal or Greek Revival row houses. They created a style of building for almost all private houses called brownstones, after the facades of sandstone imported from nearby New Jersey -- stone which would turn a dark brown color after exposure to the elements.

In the 1930s hundreds of these buildings were demolished for the contruction of office space, and their very existence was threatened. Today, ownership of a "brownstone" is considered a mark of affluence; a far cry from the 19th century reaction to the design as being cramped and disorganized.

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This Old New York image is part of the "Vintage New York" exhibit, created by the New Rochelle Council on The Arts (NRCA); Thea Eichler, Program Chairman; with the assistance a grant from the Michael and Helen Schaffer Foundation. © All images in this exhibit are the property of their respective copyright holders, and may not be reproduced without permission.

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