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THREE MID 19TH CENTURY MASONRY BUILDINGS
Three mid-19th century masonry monuments and masterpieces of American architecture anchor Wall Street and preserve its distinguished character, as as well as the open air above their low roof lines: Trinity Church, at the head of Wall Street on Broadway, completed in 1846; the present-day Federal Hall, designed in 1833 as the U.S. Custom House and completed in 1842; and the Merchant's Exchange at 55 Wall Street, the second commercial exchange on the site, rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1835 and completed in 1842. Around these stable stone landmarks would rise the skyscraper canyon.
Wall St. looking towards Trinity Church, Collection of The Skyscraper Museum
U.S. Sub Treasury, Collection of The Skyscraper Museum
Wall St. from William St. to East River, pg. 28, King's Views of NY, 1908-1909. Collection of The Skyscraper Museum.
Wall St. east from Nassau St., c. 1911. Library of Congress. [https://loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3c07038/]
Wall St. looking east from Broad St. circa 1900. Original, gift of Judith Stonehill, New York Bound Archives.