Downtown Manhattan was dominated by turn-of-the-century skyscrapers such as the Woolworth’s and Singer Buildings in the 1920’s.
The majority of these buildings are now gone, although some of the lesser know ones like The Underwood Building remain on the corner of Vesey and Church.
This 17-floor edifice was constructed by John Thomas Underwood in 1911 for his typewriter company and sits across the street from the World Trade Center site.
Cheap nondescript tenants give no indication of the building’s 100+ year history.
It is only when you notice the upper floors that a sense of history is revealed.
But you really have to look for it.