“Defined by technological innovation, such as the introduction of the passenger elevator in 1870,…”

“Defined by technological innovation, such as the introduction of the passenger elevator in 1870, electricity in 1882 and the telephone in 1896, the advancements of the Cosmopolitan Era were augmented by the human capital and creativity afforded by the enormous influx of immigrants into New York and Brooklyn during this time … [One critic] noted that these cities’ architecture was attributable to the diversity of immigrants who ‘stay long enough to leave some impression of their manners and custom,’ which ultimately produced a diversity of architecture that was exotic and beautiful rather than moralistic and instructive.”

A Swede Grows in Brooklyn | Gregory Dietrich

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