Gelatin silver print
Image: 23.3 x 29.7 cm (9 3/16 x 11 11/16 in.); Paper: 27.7 x 35.4 cm (10 7/8 x 13 15/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2011.259
Originally below sea level, the area that became West, Greenwich, and Washington Streets was built up through the continuous dumping of dirt and refuse. West Street occupies two and a half miles of Hudson River front; by 1900 the street had become one of the busiest in America. 327, 329, and 331 Washington Street, pictured in the middle of the top row, were constructed in the early 1800s as Federal-style townhouses, then commercialized when the area became the city’s produce market in 1812. Although slated for demolition in the mid-1960s, the structures were restored to their original character and are now homes.
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