One of the byproducts of the Industrial Age was the manufacturing of metal architectural building components. Beginning with the development of cast iron buildings in Eastern American in the 1840’s, systems of using replicable, modular, pre-assembled structural systems were expanded during the Victorian era to include cornices and entire facades. The facades could be designed by selecting motifs out of a mail-order catalog. A good example of such construction in Ogden is the Porter Block, constructed in 1898 as a two story building. The architecture is Commercial Victorian with an all-metal facade which mimics classical columns, a bracketed cornice, urns, and other motifs which were usually executed in stone, brick, wood or plaster. The building originally housed a tailor, candy retailer and barber.