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An ornate balcony wrapped around the seventh floor.
Because of the prominent corner site, Duncan’s magnificent structure was conspicuous for blocks down Fifth Avenue. Not only had Colonel Knox (he had been elected colonel of the 69th Regiment in 1892) created a spectacular building on Fifth Avenue, he had simultaneously created immense prestige for his company and product. His New York Times obituary mentioned only in passing that he “was known as a leader in the hat industry for many years, and took charge of his company more than forty years ago, and brought it through its financial difficulties, making it one of the greatest in the world.” The article spoke, however, at great length of his extensive and distinguished military career for which the Colonel was best remembered by his contemporaries.
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This included completely replacing the 140-foot long, 8-foot high cooper cresting.
In the renovation modern plate glass sheets replaced the more appropriate paned windows; however overall the landmark was treated with loving respect.
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The Knox Hat Store occupied the first and mezzanine levels; the upper floors housing the offices of the Knox Hat Manufacturing Company and the E. Knox’s will generously reflected his appreciation of his employees, giving sums of 00 to ,000 to employees like Catherine Maher, a store cashier; the largest sums to two particularly “old and faithful” employees.
Very few changes to the building were made throughout most of the 20th Century until, in 1964, the Republic National Bank purchased it.