41 Worth Street Building was constructed for Philo Laos Mills a prominent dry goods merchant and founder of Mills & Gibb. It was designed in the Venetian-inspired Italianate style by Isaac F. Duckworth, an architect who designed several store-and-loft buildings in the Tribeca East, Tribeca South, and SoHo-Cast Iron Historic Districts.
The cast-iron facade is intact above the first story and features tiers of single-story arcades with spandrels cast to imitate rusticated masonry, recessed, round-arched fenestration with rope moldings, molded lintels and keystones springing from fluted columns, and a deep cornice with a combination of modillions and brackets with classical motifs.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
The area now known as Tribeca was originally developed in the early 19th century as a residential neighborhood close to the city’s center in Lower Manhattan. Its street grid was laid out at right angles off of Greenwich Street and on a diagonal off of...Explore the Neighborhood >
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Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
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