26 Broadway

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26 Broadway
26 Broadway 004.JPG
General information
Type Office
Location 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, United States
Construction started 1921
Completed 1928
Owner Newmark Knight Frank
Height
Roof 158.5 m (520 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 31
Lifts/elevators 11
Design and construction
Architect Carrère and Hastings
Shreve, Lamb and Blake
References
[1]
26 Broadway
26 Broadway is located in New York City
26 Broadway
Location in New York City
Coordinates 40°42′19.76″N 74°0′46.7″W / 40.7054889°N 74.012972°W / 40.7054889; -74.012972Coordinates: 40°42′19.76″N 74°0′46.7″W / 40.7054889°N 74.012972°W / 40.7054889; -74.012972
Architectural style(s) Neoclassical
Designated May 16, 1995
Reference No. LP-1930

26 Broadway (also known as the Standard Oil Building) is a 31-story, 159 m, 520 ft[2] New York City Designated Landmark at the southern tip of Manhattan at Bowling Green. The structure is currently the 197th tallest building in New York City[3] and the 572nd tallest building in the United States.[4]

History[edit]

26 Broadway around 1930

The building was originally built in 1885 according to design specifications by architect Francis H. Kimball, when Standard Oil moved its location from Cleveland, Ohio. Standard Oil's first building on the site was a 10-story building 86 feet wide which extended between Broadway and New Street. It was designed by Ebenezer L. Roberts. In 1895, six stories were added and a 27-foot-wide (8.2 m) extension was made on its north side designed by Kimball & Thompson.[5] After World War I, Walter C. Teagle made the decision to greatly expand the structure by buying all four neighboring buildings on the block.

It was extensively overhauled and virtually rebuilt in 1921–1928 by Thomas Hastings the surviving partner of Carrère and Hastings with Shreve, Lamb and Blake as associate architects.[5] Hastings, who had helped design the Cunard Building (later called the Standard & Poors Building) across the street at 25 Broadway, was chosen as lead architect. At the time of completion, the pyramid was the tallest tower at the tip of Manhattan and was illuminated as a beacon for ships entering the harbor.

Standard Oil of New Jersey (then called Esso), moved to 75 Rockefeller Plaza in 1946. The Mobil division moved to 150 East 42nd Street in 1954. Standard Oil sold the building in 1956.[5] It is one of the first buildings in Manhattan to have setbacks and is topped by a pyramid modeled on the Mausoleum of Maussollos.[6] The building was designated as a New York City landmark in 1995.

Museums[edit]

Lower portions of the building have been used for museums in the past; the Museum of American Finance from 1988 to 2006, and the Sports Museum of America from 2008 to 2009.[7][8]

Tenants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 26 Broadway at Emporis
  2. ^ 26 Broadway property listings. Emporis. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  3. ^ NYC Skyscraper Diagram. Skyscraperpage.com. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  4. ^ United States Skyscraper Diagram. Skyscraperpage.com. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  5. ^ a b c Landmarks Preservation Commission September 19, 1995, Designation List 266
  6. ^ Newmark Knight Frank. Emporis. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  7. ^ Sandomir, Richard (May 7, 2008). "An afternoon at the (New Sports) Museum". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Museum of American Finance Moving to Wall Street" (PDF). November 11, 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-11-23. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  9. ^ Contact JDRF

Bibliography[edit]

Ossman, Laurie; Ewing, Heather (2011). Carrère and Hastings, The Masterworks. Rizzoli USA. ISBN 9780847835645.

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