After a zoning resolution passed in 1916, below 42nd Street between Fifth and Ninth Avenues, dozens of new high-rise factories attracted the largest group of clothing manufacturers in the world. We will view landmarked department stores and distinctive loft buildings that mostly produced men’s and women’s apparel. In addition, the fading fur district will be discussed, as well as the SJM Building designed by Cass Gilbert and the mid-20th-century modern campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology, where thousands continue to train for work in this important industry.

Matthew A. Postal is an architectural historian who frequently leads walking tours of New York City.

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