Fifth Avenue Looking South from Thirteenth Street

Silas a Holmesabout 1855

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The Georgian revival church of Saint Paul's Chapel, the oldest surviving public building in Manhattan, provides a stately background for the blurred activity caused by passing pedestrian and carriage traffic in the foreground. Beyond the chapel stands the Astor House, which was New York's grandest hotel in the mid-1800s. This bustling section of lower Broadway near Wall Street was a center of commercial activity when Silas A. Holmes made this image.


  • Title: Fifth Avenue Looking South from Thirteenth Street
  • Creator: Silas A. Holmes
  • Date Created: about 1855
  • Physical Dimensions: 31.3 × 39.1 cm (12 5/16 × 15 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Salted paper print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XM.351.13
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Attributed to Silas A. Holmes (American, 1820 - 1886)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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