SoHo and NoHo Architectural History Walking Tour
This image and information-packed walking tour makes sense of an inscrutable history. The streets of SoHo contain a fashionable world class city of gorgeous cast iron buildings dating from the 1850s, 60s, and 70s when Broadway was one long promenade of fine shops, theaters and hotels. By the 1880s, 90s, and 00s that fashionable city was overrun with business manufacturing and industry. And those buildings are just as beautiful!
The history that created the streetwalls of SoHo was a streaming, intergenerational, decades-long onslought of a bygone suburbia overrun by fine shops, theaters, hotels and museums, and that in turn overrun by buildings for warehousing, manufacturing and industry. Which beaufiful, ornament and gargoyle-encrusted buildings date from the era of Broadway as promenade, and which are from an era when no fashionable lady would be caught below Bleecker Street, is the fun and wholly counter-intuitive part of this walking tour.