Old New York Evening Post Building

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Old New York Evening Post Building
New York Evening Post Building from below.jpg
(2012)
Old New York Evening Post Building is located in New York City
Old New York Evening Post Building
Location 20 Vesey Street,
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°42′43″N 74°0′36″W / 40.71194°N 74.01000°W / 40.71194; -74.01000Coordinates: 40°42′43″N 74°0′36″W / 40.71194°N 74.01000°W / 40.71194; -74.01000
Built 1906-07
Architect Robert D. Kohn
Architectural style Art Nouveau
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 77000963[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 16, 1977
Designated NYCL November 13, 1965

The Old New York Evening Post Building is the former office and printing plant of the New York Evening Post newspaper located at 20 Vesey Street between Church Street and Broadway in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1906-07 and was designed by architect Robert D. Kohn for Oswald Garrison Villard, who owned the Post at the time, and is considered to be "one of the few outstanding Art nouveau buildings" ever constructed in the United States.[2]

The fourteen-story, stone-veneer building is "reminiscent of the buildings that line the boulevards of Paris", and was not copied from an existing building.[3] It features three tall bays of cast-iron framed bow windows, separated by pale limestone piers. There is an elaborate copper-covered mansard roof, two stories high and four elaborate sculpted figures.[2] The statues depict the Four Periods of Publicity; two are by Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore, and two by the architect's wife, Estelle Rumbold Kohn.[4]

The building, which was later called the Garrison Building,[5] was designated a New York City landmark in 1965,[2] and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission was headquartered in the building from 1980 to 1987.[2]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d Diamonstein, Barbarlee, The Landmarks of New York III, Harry Abrams, 1998, p. 283
  3. ^ "Old New York Evening Post Building Designation Report" New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (November 23, 1965)
  4. ^ New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Postal, Matthew A. (ed. and text); Dolkart, Andrew S. (text). (2009) Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.) New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1, p.23
  5. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5. , p.67

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