B. Altman & Co. Department Store

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

355-371 Fifth Avenue and 188-198 Madison Avenue

ARCHITECT: Trowbridge & Livingston

DATE: 1905-13

STYLE: Italian Renaissance

Italian Renaissance Manhattan Murray Hill

The B. Altman & Company Department Store Building was the first and one of the handsomest of the flagship department stores on Fifth Avenue. Its construction in 1905-13 acted as a catalyst in the transformation of Fifth Avenue north of 34th Street into a grand boulevard lined with large, high-class department stores. The architects, Trowbridge & Livingston, created an elegant ltalian Renaissance palazzo type design, reserved and stately in character, which was designed to blend with the then residential appearance of the area.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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