I. Miller Building

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How many times have you walked by this without looking up?

I. Miller Building
Louis H. Friedland

As you stroll down Broadway after your matinee, stop and glance at the inscription on the facade of 167 West 46th Street (close to the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and 46th Street), the site of the I. Miller shoe shop that served New Yorkers from 1929 into the 1970's. The words "The Show Folks Shoe Shop Dedicated to Beauty in Footwear" describe I. Miller's two passions--shoes and stars. As an added attraction, four statues by Alexander Stirling Calder (father of Alexander Calder of mobile fame) appear in niches below the inscription. Miller invited the public to vote for their favorite actresses asmodels. The winners were Ethel Barrymore as Ophelia, Mary Pickford as LittleLord Fauntleroy, Marilyn Miller as Sunny, and Rosa Ponselle as Norma.

Theresa Craig

Theresa Craig is the author of Edith Wharton: A Full House of Rooms--Architecture, Interiorsand Gardens. She teaches literature at the City University of New York.

POSTED BY Robert Kahn on March 16th 2010 | 1 comment