a bit of history

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I found out the other day that my building, in NYC on Broadway between Franklin and Leonard, is a historical landmark. It housed one of the portrait studios of Matthew Brady, a famous American Civil War-era photographer, from 1853-1860, which means that the building itself must be at least 150 years old.

A self portrait of Matthew Brady circa 1875:

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An etching of what the interior of my building looked like during Brady’s day:

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Some more links about Brady and 359 Broadway:

http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/brady/timeline/timeli2.htm

http://www.daguerre.org/resource/texts/bradygal.html

http://www.daguerre.org/resource/dagnews/jul1-95.html

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE2D8123AF933A25756C0A964958260

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