Swift, Seaman & Company Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

122 Chambers Street


DATE: 1857-58

STYLE: Italian Renaissance

Italian Renaissance Manhattan Tribeca

Swift, Seaman & Company Building  was constructed in 1857-58 for Emily Jones, a daughter of the late Isaac Jones, third president of Chemical Bank. It is a distinguished example of the mid-nineteenth-century store-and-loft buildings that comprised the Tribeca area of lower Manhattan, containing such wholesale and manufacturing businesses as drygoods and various branches of hardware.

Both facades of the five-story structure are similarly articulated and incorporate architectural vocabulary inspired by the Italian Renaissance palazzo. The stories above the base are clad in tan-colored Dorchester stone, prized in the second half of the nineteenth century by architects and stone carvers for its color and durability. The building is embellished with round- and segmental-arched, molded surrounds, many of which are surmounted by ornately carved Rococo Revival style ornament, extraordinary surviving elements of the 1850s.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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