Broadway and Park Place, 1914

Broadway and Park Place, 1914
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This photograph, taken from an elevated position behind City Hall, provides a unique perspective on Manhattan in flux. We look southwest toward the newly-erected Woolworth Building, which is at the time of this picture the tallest building in the world. Across the street from it, in what is now the southern end of City Hall Park, is the City Hall Post Office and Courthouse. Built between 1869 and 1880 by architect Alfred B. Mullet, the building was regarded in its day as an architectural eyesore, and was demolished in 1939. Looking further west, past the Woolworth Building, one can see the west side piers and the eventual site of the World Trade Center.

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