By Roger Chartier
I like the person with the arms out the window on the second floor.
The days of poor lighting brough some folks to design a building with windows such as those on the top on the building to add daylight to an otherwise semi dark room.
Some artist studios and photographers studios also used this architectural design.
This first floor of the building at the time of the photo was a Whaling Outfitter Shop. It is likely that part of the building was for other purposes.