Borough and State: Manhattan, New York
Listed: 1999, expanded in 2008
Type of district: certified local historic district
Main Intersection: Broadway and West 4th Street
The NoHo Historic District consists of approximately 125 buildings representing the period of New York’s commercial history from the early 1850s to the 1910s, when the area prospered as a major retail and wholesale dry goods center. Merchants and developers commissioned builders and architects acclaimed for their commercial designs to produce store and loft buildings that were lavish enough to impress customers and tenants, yet practical enough to enable easy handling of goods. Elaborate ornaments and a variety of materials provided a rich-built fabric against which shoppers promenaded, looked at window displays, and bought goods. Typically, the façades feature cast-iron or stone storefronts supporting stone, brick, cast-iron, or terra-cotta walls, pierced by regularly placed window openings and crowned by metal cornices.