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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.

mid 19th century masonry buildings
Wall St. looking towards Trinity Church, Collection of The Skyscraper Museum

mid 19th century masonry buildings
U.S. Sub Treasury, Collection of The Skyscraper Museum

mid 19th century masonry buildings
Wall St. from William St. to East River, pg. 28, King's Views of NY, 1908-1909. Collection of The Skyscraper Museum.

mid 19th century masonry buildings
Wall St. east from Nassau St., c. 1911. Library of Congress. []

mid 19th century masonry buildings
Wall St. looking east from Broad St. circa 1900. Original, gift of Judith Stonehill, New York Bound Archives.


Pre-1850 History of Wall Street
Dutch Origins
New Amsterdam: The Castello Plan
British New York
Early 18th Century
The Slave Market
City Hall
East River Commerce
Fire of 1776
Trinity Churches
Mansions and Banks
Wall Street in 1825
The Great Fire of 1835
Customs House and Merchants Exchange
A Street of Banks
Lowenstrom's Panorama-1850 South
Lowenstrom's Panorama-1850 North
New York in 1850
Fortune 1930
Monuments of Wall Street
Early Photographs of Wall Street
Vertical Wall Street
1 Wall Street
23 and 63 Wall Street
Unbuilt Stock Exchange
14 Wall Street
40 Wall Street
60 Wall Street
120 Wall Street
1928-1931 Towers
East River End
Historical Land Maps