Russeks

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Gorham Building, later Russeks, in 2009
390 Fifth Avenue (at left) in 1911 - the lower floors were changed after Russeks moved out

Russeks was a department store on 390 Fifth Avenue and West 36th Street, New York.

The company was co-founded by brothers Frank Russek and Isidore H. Russek, and became Russeks Fifth Avenue, Inc.[1]

Russeks started as a furrier in New York City the early 1900s, and expanded into luxury clothing and accessories.[2] In 1924, they opened a department store on 390 Fifth Avenue and West 36th Street.[3][4] This was the Gorham Building, designed by Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White, and completed in 1904-1905 for the Gorham Manufacturing Company.[5]

In the 1940s (at least), they had a department store in Detroit.[6][7]

In February 1959, they announced the closure of their Fifth Avenue store, after five years of losses, but would continue to operate in hotel and suburban locations.[4] In 1960, the new owner, Spear Securities, remodelled the exterior of the lower floors.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESTATE OF RUSSEK v. COMMI - 20 T.C.M. 123 (1961) - btcm1231116 - Leagle.com". Leagle. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Faded Beauty: Russeks Department Store the Little History Left". serstyle.com. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/756808
  4. ^ a b "RUSSEKS TO CLOSE FIFTH AVE. STORE; 5 Years' Losses Reported -Shops Will Continue in Hotel and Suburbs". New York Times. 26 February 1959. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b Gray, Christopher (22 October 2000). "Streetscapes/The 1905 Gorham Building, at Fifth Avenue and 36th Street; Recreating a Stanford White Design -- Using Paint". New York Times. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. ^ https://detroithistorical.pastperfectonline.com/photo/3A49E37B-633E-448E-8A91-163703242334
  7. ^ https://detroithistorical.pastperfectonline.com/bysearchterm?keyword=Russeks