Stereoview portrait of an unidentified woman, c. 1860′s. Attributed to George Stacy.

Source: Library of Congress.

“Pierce’s Palace” Hotel on Prospect Avenue. Dr. Ray V. Pierce was an enormously successful seller of mail-order patent medicines, attaining great wealth and renown selling restorative cures such as “Dr. Pierce’s Golden Medical Discovery Pills”. Pierce’s Palace Hotel welcomed the doctor’s patients and the public at large. Selling points included Russian and Turkish baths, a billiards room, and bowling alley. Built in 1877, the hotel burned down just four years later. This site is now occupied by D'Youville College.  Photo and caption info from