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A View of Federal Hall of the City of New York. 1797.
This very important watercolor drawing, probably by John Joseph Holland, is the only contemporary record we have of the upper end of Broad Street in the 18th century, showing the old Federal Hall where George Washington was inaugurated President on April 30, 1789.
Broadway and Trinity Church, New York. 1830.
Watercolor drawing by John William Hill. This view shows Broadway looking south from Liberty Street with Grace Church on the right behind Trinity.
City Hall and Park Row, New York. 1830.
Watercolor drawing by John William Hill. In this charming view one can see the type of fire engine in use then, as well as a water truck in the center foreground which distributed drinking water.
A View of New York from Weehawken, New Jersey. 1834.
Hand colored aquatint by Sigmund Himely after a painting by the French artist Louis Garneray. The steeple to the left of the big tree is St. John's Chapel. The one at the southernmost end of Manhattan is Trinity Church.
Wall Street, New York. 1850.
Hand colored lithograph drawn by August Köllner and printed by Deroy in Paris. The view shows Trinity Church at the head of Wall Street and the old Custom House, seen at right with flag--today the Sub-Treasury--and a number of bank buildings in the Greek Revival style of architecture.
New York from the Steeple of St. Paul's Church, Looking East, South and West. 1849.
A handcolored aquatint by Henry Papprill after a drawing by John William Hill. One of the most comprehensive and interesting views of the lower part of the city. Brady's celebrated Daguerrian Miniature Gallery is seen in the center foreground and Barnum's even more celebrated museum opposite St. Paul's.
Castle Garden, New York. 1852.
This view is from the cover of a piece of sheet music and shows Castle Garden when still an island in the harbor off the tip of Manhattan. This building was a place of entertainment, and it was here that the celebrated Jenny Lind sang. Later Castle Garden was turned into a depot for immigrants and finally rebuilt as an aquarium in 1896.
Fifth Avenue from 42nd Street, Looking South. New York. 1879.
Color lithograph after a photograph taken by John Bachmann. An excellent representation of the residential character of Fifth Avenue as it appeared in 1879. The New York Public Library is now located on the site of the Croton Distributing Reservoir seen here on the right. In the distance on the left can be seen the Brooklyn Bridge under construction.