The Gansevoort Market district is distinguished by distinctive metal awnings and canopies extending over many of its sidewalks; cobblestoned streets; simple, utilitarian buildings; and unusual intersecting street patterns creating unique open spaces and distinctively shaped buildings. Such open spaces include "Gansevoort Plaza" at the intersection of Gansevoort and Little West 12th Streets and Greenwich and Ninth Avenues, and examples of unusual buildings include the "Little Flatiron Building" (Herring Lock and Safe Company Building) at 669-681 Hudson Street at Ninth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets (for pictures of and information about the buildings, history, and architecture of the Gansevoort Market, go to "The Case for a Historic District" and "Save Gansevoort Market Walking Tour" on the GVSHP website -- http://www.gvshp.org).
Buildings in the district include row houses built in the 1840 and converted to meat market uses with distinctive metal awnings over the sidewalks. The "Little Flatiron" building on the triangular site on Hudson St, between 13th and 14th Sts. and the West Coast Apartments, converted from the old Manhattan Refrigeration and Warehouse, at Gansevoort and Washington Sts., are among the buildings in the proposed district.