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Hint: The Man Behind the Building Created a Common Practice

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Welcome to Cornerspotter, Curbed's game in which you try to identify the location and/or identity of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into New York City and its past!

This building courted a particular kind of person. The business of this building was lead by a man who developed a procedure that's commonplace today. At the time of his late 1800's death, the man was considered a hero—until—the practices behind how he developed this procedure came to light. What and where was this building?
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