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Guide to the Winston Weisman Soho Historic District Collection
circa 1950-1973
depicting structures circa 1850 - 1970
 PR 73

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Series IV. Project Soho

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of the records of Project Soho, an architectural and cultural study commissioned by Pennsylvania State University and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The records date from 1970, the year of the grant application, through 1973. The initial purpose of the project, as put forward by Dr. Weisman, was to provide the necessary research to create an historical account of what was formerly a fine urban commercial district that had since deteriorated, but was capable of being restored to its original condition. He wanted to preserve a part of unique American architectural history that had no counterpart anywhere. Weisman's students wrote the reports and took the photos. Credit for individual work is arranged within the work in the reports.

Dr. Weisman and his students looked at the primary and secondary sources of art historians, sociologists, cultural geographers, economists, architectural engineers, and urban historians to discover the factors which shaped the character of the Soho district. A number of these student reports and some primary sources used by these students exist as reports within this series. All of the original grant funding proposals are also available giving detailed information concerning all the participants in this project and their aims.

Detailed building information sheets covering the entire Soho district form the bulk of this series. Information available for each building includes alterations made since the date of construction. Much of this information was derived from the original building application filed at the time of construction. It covers both financial and architectural information. Most of these data sheets have an accompanying photograph of the building. The data forms, with accompanying print, are the most unique aspect of this series.

The remainder of this series is made up of photos that document the entire area of Soho. 5 x 8 inch copy prints are filed by street address and span all of this cast iron district covering the area bordered by West Broadway, West Houston, Crosby and Canal Streets. Also available are the prints and negatives of the rolls of film as taken by the students. There are cross-indexed indices to guide the way through these prints. These include the originals of the 5 x 8 prints, as well as difficult to read prints of original architects' drawings and various specific details of the buildings, including windows, doors, and ornaments. Many of these prints are available in the series of mounted copy prints.

This project was, in a great part, responsible for the designation of Soho as the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District. The Soho Cast Iron Historic District has 139 iron fronted buildings, all of which are represented in this series.

This series is divided into three subseries: information forms, reports, and copy prints.

INFORMATION FORMS

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of information forms from Project Soho arranged alphabetically by street name and, within that arrangement by street number and side of street, e.g. east side of Broadway and then the west side of Broadway, and north side of Broome Street followed by the south side of Broome Street. Depending on the street, all the even numbered street addresses will be followed by all the odd numbered streets addresses or vice versa.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 67 Folder : 715 420 -- 430 Broadway, east side
Box: 67 Folder : 716 434 -- 458 Broadway, east side
Box: 67 Folder : 717 460 -- 486 Broadway, east side
Box: 67 Folder : 718 488 -- 528 Broadway, east side
Box: 67 Folder : 719 530 -- 566 Broadway, east side
Box: 67 Folder : 720 568 -- 602 Broadway, east side
Box: 68 Folder : 721 419 -- 429 Broadway, west side
Box: 68 Folder : 722 433 -- 461 Broadway, west side
Box: 68 Folder : 723 465 -- 487 Broadway, west side
Box: 68 Folder : 724 489 -- 527 Broadway, west side
Box: 68 Folder : 725 529 -- 567 Broadway, west side
Box: 68 Folder : 726 569 -- 601 Broadway, west side
Box: 69 Folder : 727 436 -- 438 Broome Street, north side
Box: 69 Folder : 728 442 -- 468 Broome Street, north side
Box: 69 Folder : 729 470 -- 482 Broome Street, north side
Box: 69 Folder : 730 484 -- 519 Broome Street, north side
Box: 69 Folder : 731 429 -- 437 Broome Street, south side
Box: 69 Folder : 732 453 -- 467 Broome Street, south side
Box: 69 Folder : 733 469 -- 479 Broome Street, south side
Box: 69 Folder : 734 483 -- 499 Broome Street, south side
Box: 70 Folder : 735 251 -- 289 Canal Street, north side
Box: 70 Folder : 736 301 -- 311 Canal Street, north side
Box: 70 Folder : 737 313 -- 331 Canal Street, north side
Box: 70 Folder : 738 335 -- 357 Canal Street, north side
Box: 70 Folder : 739 359 -- 375 Canal Street. north side
Box: 70 Folder : 740 2 -- 140 Crosby, west side
Box: 71 Folder : 741 54 -- 70 Grand Street, north side
Box: 71 Folder : 742 72 -- 80 Grand Street, north side
Box: 71 Folder : 743 90 -- 104 Grand Street, north side
Box: 71 Folder : 744 53 -- 69 Grand Street, south side
Box: 71 Folder : 745 71 -- 87 Grand Street, south side
Box: 71 Folder : 746 89 -- 105 Grand Street, south side
Box: 71 Folder : 747 107 -- 115 Grand Street, south side
Box: 72 Folder : 748 1 -- 36 Greene Street, east side
Box: 72 Folder : 749 38 -- 52 Greene Street, east side
Box: 72 Folder : 750 58 -- 86 Greene Street, east side
Box: 72 Folder : 751 90 -- 122 Greene Street, east side
Box: 72 Folder : 752 128 -- 149 Greene Street, east side
Box: 73 Folder : 753 7 -- 31 Greene Street, west side
Box: 73 Folder : 754 33 -- 55 Greene Street, west side
Box: 73 Folder : 755 57 -- 83 Greene Street, west side
Box: 73 Folder : 756 91 -- 117 Greene Street, west side
Box: 73 Folder : 757 121 -- 143 Greene Street, west side
Box: 73 Folder : 758 31 -- 37 Howard Street, south side
Box: 73 Folder : 759 30 -- 38 Howard Street, north side
Box: 73 Folder : 760 51 -- 53 Leonard Street
Box: 74 Folder : 761 16 -- 36 Mercer Street, east side
Box: 74 Folder : 762 66 -- 96 Mercer Street, east side
Box: 74 Folder : 763 142 -- 172 Mercer Street, east side
Box: 74 Folder : 764 1 -- 35 Mercer Street, west side
Box: 74 Folder : 765 41 -- 79 Mercer Street, west side
Box: 74 Folder : 766 81 -- 121 Mercer Street, west side
Box: 74 Folder : 767 123 -- 172 Mercer Street, west side
Box: 75 Folder : 768 93 -- 107 Prince Street, north side
Box: 75 Folder : 769 109 -- 125 Prince Street, north side
Box: 75 Folder : 770 129 -- 143 Prince Street, north side
Box: 75 Folder : 771 72 -- 90 Prince Street, south side
Box: 75 Folder : 772 94 -- 106 Prince Street, south side
Box: 75 Folder : 773 110 -- 126 Prince Street, south side
Box: 75 Folder : 774 128 -- 140 Prince Street, south side
Box: 75 Folder : 775 106 -- 108 Reade Street
Box: 76 Folder : 776 79 -- 83 Spring Street, north side
Box: 76 Folder : 777 91 -- 101 Spring Street, north side
Box: 76 Folder : 778 107 -- 121 Spring Street, north side
Box: 76 Folder : 779 127 -- 141 Spring Street, north side
Box: 76 Folder : 780 143 -- 157 Spring Street, north side
Box: 76 Folder : 781 80 -- 124 Spring Street, south side
Box: 76 Folder : 782 126 -- 140 Spring Street, south side
Box: 76 Folder : 783 146 -- 162 Spring Street, south side
Box: 77 Folder : 784 305 -- 331 West Broadway, east side
Box: 77 Folder : 785 339 -- 361 West Broadway, east side
Box: 77 Folder : 786 375 -- 399 West Broadway, east side
Box: 77 Folder : 787 407 -- 435 West Broadway, east side
Box: 77 Folder : 788 445 -- 475 West Broadway, east side
Box: 77 Folder : 789 308 -- 310 West Broadway, west side
Box: 77 Folder : 790 338 -- 404 West Broadway, west side
Box: 77 Folder : 791 420 -- 438 West Broadway, west side
Box: 77 Folder : 792 458 -- 482 West Broadway, west side
Box: 78 Folder : 793 2 -- 26 Wooster Street, east side
Box: 78 Folder : 794 38 -- 50 Wooster Street, east side
Box: 78 Folder : 795 69 -- 90 Wooster Street, east side
Box: 78 Folder : 796 98 -- 128 Wooster Street, east side
Box: 78 Folder : 797 134 -- 158 Wooster Street, east side
Box: 78 Folder : 798 3 -- 27 Wooster Street, west side
Box: 78 Folder : 799 31 -- 55 Wooster Street, west side
Box: 78 Folder : 800 61 -- 83 Wooster Street, west side
Box: 78 Folder : 801 95 -- 121 Wooster Street, west side
Box: 78 Folder : 802 130 -- 155 Wooster Street, west side
Box: 78 Folder : 803 5 Worth Street

REPORTS

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of written reports for Project Soho.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 79 Folder : 804 reports for Soho Seminar by L. Vitello
Box: 79 Folder : 805 NSF report-- grant request
Box: 79 Folder : 806 NSF report-- Sociology, History and Economic Development of Soho
Box: 79 Folder : 807 NSF report-- Zucker, Smith, Snook, Dileo, Poeter, Fernbach
Box: 79 Folder : 808 Soho Art History Report by W. Leininger
Box: 79 Folder : 809 1963 South Houston Industrial Area report by Chester Rapkin

PROJECT SOHO COPY PRINTS

Scope and Contents note

The third subseries is the copy prints of Project Soho and it is further divided into seven sub-subseries. This arrangement conforms to Weisman's arrangement as set up in his indices. These indices are the first sub-subseries and provide thorough cross-indexing for all the copy prints. The second sub-subseries is 5 x 8 copy prints arranged alphabetically by street name and side of street (e.g. Broadway, east side). The third sub-subseries is the 35mm film prints of the front of the Soho buildings arranged by roll numbers one through forty-two, based on the Weisman index. The fourth sub-subseries is the 120mm film print copies of original architects' drawings arranged by roll number A through Z, from the Weisman index. The fifth sub-subseries is the 35mm film prints of original architects' drawings arranged by roll number AA to EE in order to maintain the order of the Weisman index. The sixth sub-subseries is 120 mm film of specific details of Soho buildings arranged by roll number HB (1) through to HB (6), also to correspond to the Weisman index. The seventh, and final, sub-subseries consists of miscellaneous Soho prints that were a part of Project Soho.

Indices
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 80 Folder : 810 index to buildings by architect, date, materials
Box: 80 Folder : 811 index to photographs
Box: 80 Folder : 812 index to photographs copy
Box: 80 Folder : 813 Soho photo notes
Box: 81 index cards -- building photographs by address
Soho Prints
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 82 Folder : 814 Broadway -- east side, evens
Box: 82 Folder : 815 Broadway -- west side, odds
Box: 82 Folder : 816 Broome Street -- north side, evens, south side, odds
Box: 82 Folder : 817 Canal Street -- north side, odds
Box: 82 Folder : 818 Grand Street -- north side, evens
Box: 82 Folder : 819 Grand Street -- south side, odds
Box: 82 Folder : 820 Greene Street -- east side, evens
Box: 82 Folder : 821 Greene Street -- west side, odds
Box: 82 Folder : 822 Howard Street -- north and south sides
Box: 82 Folder : 823 Mercer Street -- east side, evens
Box: 82 Folder : 824 Mercer Street -- west side, odds
Box: 82 Folder : 825 Prince Street -- north side, odds
Box: 82 Folder : 826 Prince Street -- south side, evens
Box: 82 Folder : 827 Spring Street -- north side, odds
Box: 82 Folder : 828 Spring Street -- south side, evens
Box: 82 Folder : 829 Wooster Street -- west side, odds
35mm film prints
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 83 Folder : 832 "(35) 1": 131 Prince Street
62 -- 98, 130 -- 156 Wooster Street, east side

Box: 83 Folder : 833 "(35) 2": 145 -- 149 Spring Street, north side
450 -- 500 Broome Street, north side

Box: 83 Folder : 834 "(35) 3": 468 -- 478 West Broadway, west side
Box: 83 Folder : 835 "(35) 4": 411 -- 465 West Broadway, east side
Box: 83 Folder : 836 "(35) 5": 101 -- 141 Prince Street, north side
Box: 83 Folder : 837 "(35) 6": 85 -- 191 Spring Street, north side
Box: 83 Folder : 838 "(35) 7": 55 -- 69 Mercer Street, west side
560 -- 566 Broadway, east side
35 -- 45 Wooster Street, west side

Box: 83 Folder : 839 "(35) 8": 161 -- 411 West Broadway, east side
Box: 83 Folder : 840 "(35) 9": 43 -- 99 Wooster, west side
100 -- 126 Wooster, east side

Box: 83 Folder : 841 "(35) 10": 70 -- 72 Grand Street, north side
480 -- 494 Broome Street, north side
15 -- 25 Greene Street, west side

Box: 83 Folder : 842 "(35) 11": 438 -- 448 Broome Street, north side
60 -- 118 Grand Street, north side

Box: 83 Folder : 843 "(35) 12": 83 -- 87 Spring Street, north side
30 -- 52 Howard Street, north side
54 Grand Street, north side
261 -- 305 Canal Street, north side

Box: 83 Folder : 844 "(35) 13": 305 -- 375 Canal Street, north side
6 -- 18 Greene Street, east side

Box: 83 Folder : 845 "(35) 14": 18 -- 70 Greene Street, east side
Box: 83 Folder : 846 "(35) 15": 99 -- 143 Greene Street, west side
Box: 83 Folder : 847 "(35) 16": 96 -- 150 Greene Street, east side
Box: 83 Folder : 848 "(35) 17": 427 -- 429, 503 - 511 Broadway, west side
9 -- 47 Mercer Street, west side
83 -- 87 Grand Street, south side
465 -- 475 Broome, south side

Box: 83 Folder : 849 "(35) 18": 546 -- 716 Broadway, east side
72 -- 82 Greene Street, east side

Box: 83 Folder : 850 "(35) 19": 12 -- 106 Wooster Street, east side
Box: 83 Folder : 851 "(35) 20": 458 -- 556 Broadway, east side
Box: 83 Folder : 852 "(35) 21": 53 -- 91 Grand Street, south side
7 -- 13 Mercer Street, west side

Box: 83 Folder : 853 "(35) 22": 19 -- 87 Mercer Street, west side
43 -- 47 Grand Street, south side

Box: 84 Folder : 854 "(35) 23": 426 -- 458 Broadway, east side
16 -- 60 Mercer Street, east side

Box: 84 Folder : 855 "(35) 24": 131 -- 169 Mercer Street, west side
Box: 84 Folder : 856 "(35) 25": 93 -- 125 Mercer Street, west side
Box: 84 Folder : 857 "(35) 26": 83 -- 85 Spring Street, north side
64 -- 112 Mercer Street, east side

Box: 84 Folder : 858 "(35) 27": 116 -- 172 Mercer Street, east side
Box: 84 Folder : 859 "(35) 28": 67 -- 157 Wooster Street, west side
Box: 84 Folder : 860 "(35) 29": 29 -- 67 Wooster Street, west side
19 -- 49 Greene Street, west side

Box: 84 Folder : 861 "(35) 30": 47 -- 99 Greene Street, west side
Box: 84 Folder : 862 "(35) 31": 105 -- 143 Greene Street, west side
Box: 84 Folder : 863 "(35) 32": 545 -- 601 Broadway, west side
Box: 84 Folder : 864 "(35) 33": 473 -- 545 Broadway, west side
Box: 84 Folder : 865 "(35) 34": 425 -- 471 Broadway, west side
106 -- 108 Reade Street
5 Worth Street
51 -- 53 Leonard Street
95 -- 97 Grand Street, south side

Box: 84 Folder : 866 "(35) 35": 107 -- 131 Grand Street, south side
11 -- 31 Howard Street, south side

Box: 84 Folder : 867 "(35) 36": 33 -- 47 Howard Street, south side
465 -- 497 Broome Street, south side

Box: 84 Folder : 868 "(35) 37": 429 -- 463 Broome Street, south side
Box: 84 Folder : 869 "(35) 38": 114 -- 156 Spring Street, south side
Box: 84 Folder : 870 "(35) 39": 96 -- 106 Spring Street, south side
112 -- 124 Prince Street, south side

Box: 84 Folder : 871 "(35) 40": 72 -- 108 Prince Street, south side
561 -- 567 Broadway, west side

Box: 84 Folder : 872 "(35) 41": 20 -- 96 Crosby Street, west side
Box: 84 Folder : 873 "(35) 42": 88 -- 102 Prince Street, south side
16 Crosby Street, west side
132 -- 138 Lafayette Street

120 mm film prints of original architect's drawings
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 85 Folder : 874 rolls A and B: plans of 74 Grand Street, 486 Broadway, 477-79 Broadway (50 -- 52 Mercer Street)
Box: 85 Folder : 875 roll C: plans of 477 -- 479 Broadway (50 -- 52 Mercer Street), 486 Broadway, 39 -- 41 Wooster Street
Box: 85 Folder : 876 roll D: plans of 14 -- 16 Wooster Street, 359 Canal Street, 8 Greene Street, 444 Broadway, 104 Grand Street, 359 West Broadway (495 Broome Street)
Box: 85 Folder : 877 roll E: plans of 91 -- 93 Mercer Street, 60 Grand Street, 83 -- 87 Grand Street
Box: 85 Folder : 878 roll F: plans of 83 -- 87 Grand Street, 542 -- 544 Broadway, 361 Canal Street, 107 -- 113 Grand Street (32 Mercer Street), 64 -- 68 Wooster
Box: 85 Folder : 879 roll G: plans of 64 -- 68 Wooster Street, 89 Grand Street, 329 -- 331 Canal Street (6 Greene Street), 458 Broadway (123 Grand Street)
Box: 85 Folder : 880 roll H: plans of 458 Broadway (123 Grand Street), 79 Mercer Street, 27 Howard Street, 428 -- 432 Broadway (37 -- 39 Howard Street)
Box: 85 Folder : 881 roll I: plans of 428 -- 432 Broadway (37 -- 39 Howard Street), 114 -- 116 Spring Street
Box: 85 Folder : 882 roll J: plans of 158 Wooster Street, 8 Greene Street, 15 -- 17 Greene Street
Box: 85 Folder : 883 roll K: plans of 37 -- 61 West Houston, 169 Mercer Street, 15 --21 Wooster Street, 568 -- 578 Broadway
Box: 85 Folder : 884 roll L: plans of 568 -- 578 Broadway, 90 Wooster Street (140 Spring Street), 331 -- 335 West Broadway, 155 -- 157 Mercer Street
Box: 85 Folder : 885 roll M: plans of 155 -- 157 Mercer Street, 152 -- 156 Wooster Street, 105 -- 113 Wooster Street, 131 -- 135 Prince Street
Box: 85 Folder : 886 roll N: plans of 131 -- 135 Prince Street, 434 -- 448 Broadway, 530 Broadway
Box: 85 Folder : 887 roll O: plans of 434 -- 438 Broadway, 127 Spring Street, 117 -- 119 Mercer Street, 145 -- 148 Wooster Street
Box: 85 Folder : 888 roll P: plans of 146 -- 148 Wooster Street, 155 -- 157 Mercer Street, 583 -- 587 Broadway, 142 -- 144 Wooster Street, 138 -- 140 Greene Street
Box: 85 Folder : 889 roll Q: plans of 132 -- 140 Greene Street, 115 -- 121 Prince Street
Box: 85 Folder : 890 roll R: plans of 115 -- 121 Prince Street, 124 -- 126 Wooster Street, 27 Howard Street, 453 West Broadway
Box: 85 Folder : 891 roll S: plans of 407 -- 409 West Broadway, 425 West Broadway, 555 Broadway (120 -- 126 Mercer Street)
Box: 85 Folder : 892 roll T: plans of 555 Broadway, 15 -- 17 Mercer Street, 561 -- 563 Broadway
Box: 85 Folder : 893 roll U: plans of 421 West Broadway, 71 Mercer Street, 78 Greene Street
Box: 85 Folder : 894 roll V: plans of 139 -- 141 Spring Street (94 -- 98 Wooster Street), 484 -- 490 Broome Street (59 Wooster Street), 135 Wooster Street
Box: 85 Folder : 895 roll W: plans of 135 Wooster Street, 125 Prince Street, 78 Greene Street, 80 -- 82 Wooster Street
Box: 85 Folder : 896 roll X: plans of 149 -- 153 Wooster Street, 115 -- 121 Wooster Street, 445 -- 449 West Broadway
Box: 85 Folder : 897 roll Y: plans of 444 Broadway, 121 Prince Street (fire escapes), 55 Grand Street, 98 Greene Street, 81 Green Street, 118 Spring Street
Box: 85 Folder : 898 roll Z: plans of 347 West Broadway, 171 Mercer Street, 112 -- 114 Prince Street, 108 -- 114 Wooster Street
35 mm film prints of original architect's drawings
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 86 Folder : 899 roll AA: plans of 91 Grand Street
9 -- 13 Mercer Street
425 Broadway
444 Broadway (10 -- 12 Crosby Street)
478 -- 482 Broadway (Roosevelt Building)
483 -- 485 Broadway (56 -- 58 Mercer Street)
96 -- 102 Grand Street
461 Broome Street
457 -- 459 Broome Street
453 -- 455 Broome Street (57 -- 59 Mercer Street)
351 -- 357 Canal Street (2 -- 4 Wooster Street)
18 -- 20 Wooster Street
27 Greene Street
23 -- 25 Greene Street
27 Howard Street
269 Canal Street
365 -- 367 Canal Street
28 -- 30 Greene Street
34 Greene Street

Box: 86 Folder : 900 roll BB: plans of 55 Mercer Street
47 -- 49 Mercer Street
489 -- 493 Broome Street
51 Wooster Street
454 Broome Street (65 -- 67 Mercer Street)
85 -- 87 Mercer Street
72 Greene Street
68 Greene Street
66 Greene Street
118 Prince Street

Box: 86 Folder : 901 roll CC: plans of 165 -- 167 Mercer Street
147 Spring Street
367 West Broadway (500 Broome Street)
65 Greene Street

Box: 86 Folder : 902 roll DD: plans of 269 Canal Street
425 Broadway
9 -- 13 Mercer Street
34 Greene Street
28 -- 30 Greene Street
365 -- 367 Canal Street
27 Greene Street
18 --20 Wooster Street
351 -- 357 Broadway
47 -- 49 Mercer Street
453 -- 455 Broome Street
96 -- 102 Grand Street
72 Greene Street
64 Greene Street
85 Mercer Street
454 Broome Street
65 Greene Street
367 West Broadway (500 Broome Street)
147 Spring Street

Box: 86 Folder : 903 roll EE: plans of 163 Mercer Street
118 Prince Street
331 -- 335 West Broadway (53 Grand Street)
165 -- 67 Mercer Street
325 Canal Street
uptown Stewart store

120 mm film prints of building details
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 86 Folder : 904 "roll HB (1)": 69 Mercer Street
478 -- 482, 486, 512, 540, 542, 550 Broadway

Box: 86 Folder : 905 "roll HB (2)": 444, 452, 462 -- 468, 478 -- 482 Broadway
Box: 86 Folder : 906 "roll HB (3)": 15 -- 17, 23 -- 25 Greene Street
337 -- 341 Canal Street (9 -- 13 Greene Street)
55, 57 -- 59 Mercer Street (453 -- 55 Broome Street)

Box: 86 Folder : 907 "roll HB (4)": 70, 72 Grand Street (29, 36 -- 38 Wooster Street)
484 -- 490 Broome Street (59 Wooster Street)

Box: 86 Folder : 908 "roll HB (5)": unidentified
Box: 86 Folder : 909 "roll HB (6)": unidentified person at drawing board
Miscellaneous Project Soho prints
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 86 Folder : 910 various architectural engineers' photographs
broken iron reports and photographs

Box: 86 Folder : 911 maps
Box: 86 Folder : 912 unidentified buildings photographs and negatives

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