Many buildings boasted tin ceilings at the turn of the 20th century, according to Trulia. Factory made, they were inexpensive, fireproof and durable.
Modern denizens of New York's Tribeca neighborhood -- many of whom turned old industrial shops into residential lofts -- have rescued them, as well as neo-classic columns, walls of windows and wood floors.
This particular loft cleaned up well. It has 12-foottin ceilings throughout, a great room and a kitchen that opens up to the main living space.