6. Temple Court Was the First Fireproofed Building of the Pre-Skyscraper Era in NYC

Temple Court is the earliest surviving, fireproof building, with iron floor beams and facade having a thickness of 32-52 inches and its terra cotta and brick material. It was built during a time when having fire protections in buildings became increasingly important as they became taller, and became only more important with the sinking of the Titanic. The fireproofing and extra safety precautions of the nearby Woolworth Building was a direct response to the tragic event.