NYC - Ladies Mile: 5th Avenue
Stretch of buildings along the east side of 5th Avenue, between 16th and 17th Street.
91 Fifth Avenue (center left), today hosting a J. Crew, was built in 1894 for Henry & Samuel Corn by Louis Korn. The eight-story Beaux Arts building features a cornice of six busty caryatids on the sixth story bearing up under the weight of four Corinthian columns and two matching pilasters. Anson Randolph moved his bookstore here in 1896.
The Ladies Mile Historic District, an irregular district defined roughly from 18th Street to 24th Street and Park Avenue South to Avenue of the Americas, preserves 440 buildings on 28 blocks. Between the Civil War and World War I, the district was the location of some of New York's most famous department stores, including Lord & Taylor, B. Altman, W. & J. Sloane, Arnold Constable, Best & Co., and Bergdorf Goodman. Also included is Daniel H. Burnham's Flatiron Building, at Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street; most of the Ladies' Mile Historic District lies within the Manhattan neighborhood named after that building, the Flatiron District.
The Ladies Mile Historic District was designated a historic district by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1989.