row, originally built at the same time, with a unifying style. The top two floors of the Van Rensselaer were added six years after the initial construction, resulting in the odd phenomenon of a cast-iron building with easily spotted differences in style from one story to the next. The projecting masonry brackets at the top give it an extra air of lordliness. This structure served as a J. C. Penney warehouse sometime in the early 1900s.
The Love Building (730 1st Avenue) was renovated in the mid-1960s; none of its original iron remains. At 728 1st Avenue, the Harker Building, while not as imposing as the Van Rensselaer, possesses some similar features. A music conservatory originally existed on its second floor.
* During the 1870s, city ordinances encouraging safety made it illegal to drag logs through the street or to drive any vehicle on the sidewalk besides a baby carriage. The citywide speed limit was fixed at six miles an hour. (Caffeinated businesspeople walk the streets faster than that nowadays.)