You could walk past this building and never notice
it. (Perhaps you already have done so.) Nevertheless, it anticipates the direction of commercial architecture decades ahead of its time. Buildings from the Hamilton Building's time-frame tended to be ornate affairs, but this structure has very geometric and precise windows, and an unpretentious design with just enough decoration to avoid being soulless.
This six-story office structure has a cast-iron post bottom, with pink, black, and gray granite columns. Above, the spare ornamentation of the windows with cable moldings and the Japanese-brick face make for an understated, classy building that looks good near the complementary Dekum Building.
If you prefer more classical detailing, walk two blocks north to the Postal Building (1900, 310 SW 3rd Avenue, Whidden & Lewis). Originally known as the Failing Building (not to be confused with the current Failing Building on First Avenue), this boxy structure has terra-cotta decoration to spare.