The Burton Building is a 12-story building erected in 1915. The original Burton Bros. & Co. was founded by Frank V. and Robert L. Burton in 1890. They were cotton goods manufacturers. They were located downtown at 384 Broadway from 1894 until moving into their own building here on 5th Ave. in 1915.
This ad from The Dry Goods Reporter, vol. 34, no. 20, 14 May 1904, has Burton Bros. located at 384-386 Broadway.
The following biographical notes appeared in the Biographical Directory of the
State of New York (1900):
"Burton, Frank V. - Dry Goods Merchant, 384 Broadway, New York City; residence 323 West 75th street. Member of the firm of Burton Bros. & Co. Member Union League, Metropolitan, Raquet and Tennis, Arkwright and Merchants' Clubs."
"Burton, Robert L. - Dry Goods Merchant, 384 Broadway, New York City; residence 65 West 83d street and Lawrence, L. I. Member of the firm of Burton Bros. & Co. Member Union League and Arkwright Clubs and New England Society."
The sign, original with construction of the building, has faded but can still be made out faintly in the right light. As of May 2003, the building continued to function as the Burton Building, but the Burton Bros. left some time ago (in the 1950s).
Over the Fifth Avenue entrance one can make out faintly (very faintly) an erased inscription: Burton Building.
Around the corner is the shipping entrance on 29th St. (click for detail).
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