NYC - Theatre District: I. Miller Building
The 2-story I. Miller Building dates back to somewhere between 1870 and 1890. Little is known about its origins but it is believed to have originally been a private residence. In 1926, the building was renovated by Louis Friedland for the I. Miller Shoe Company, at which point the current facade was added. The Building, now owned by the Riese Organization, features a TGI Friday's on the ground floor.
The cornice is adorned with sculptures of leading ladies by Alexander Stirling Calder--from left to right: Ethel Barrymore as Ophelia, tap dancer Marilyn Miller as Sunny, Mary Pickford as Little Lord Fauntleroy, and opera singer Rosa Ponselle as Norma. Above the sculptures reads the motto, "The Show Folks Shoe Shop Dedicated to Beauty in Footwear"
Israel Miller started his career as a designer and maker of shoes for the theatrical profession in New York. He established the I. Miller Shoe Company, which not only designed and manufactured women’s shoes, but became a leading importer of shoes with a national chain of over 200 retail stores, which were active throughout the 1920s-1960s. In the mid 1950’s the I. Miller Shoe Company hired artist Andy Warhol on a retainer as their chief illustrator, which provided the revitalization it badly needed.
The I. Miller Building was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1999.