Potter Building

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Potter Building
Potter Building.jpg
from across Park Row (2012)
General information
Location Manhattan, New York City
Address 35-38 Park Row or 145 Nassau Street
Coordinates 40°42′42″N 74°00′24″W / 40.71165°N 74.0067°W / 40.71165; -74.0067Coordinates: 40°42′42″N 74°00′24″W / 40.71165°N 74.0067°W / 40.71165; -74.0067
Construction started 1883
Completed 1886
Technical details
Floor count 11
Design and construction

Norris Garshom Starkweather

Designated: September 17, 1996

The Potter Building, at 38 Park Row on the corner of Beekman Street, a full-block building also known as 145 Nassau Street, in the Civic Center neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1882-86 and was designed by Norris G. Starkweather in a combination of the Queen Anne and neo-Grec styles, as an iron-framed office building. It employed the most advanced fireproofing methods then available, including the use of rolled iron beams, cast-iron columns, brick exterior walls – the building's walls are 40 inches (100 cm) thick at ground level – tile arches and terra-cotta. Its terra-cotta detailing provoked the developer, Orlando B. Potter, to start his own terra cotta company on Long Island.[1]

The Potter Building replaced one of the New York World's former buildings, which burned down in 1882, doing more than $400,000 in damage. That building had been completed in 1857 and was the newspaper's first headquarters. Fire broke out in the building around 10:00 PM on January 31, 1882 and destroyed much of the block within a few hours.[2]

The Potter Building was converted into apartments in 1979-81, and was designated a New York City landmark in 1996.[1]



  1. ^ a b 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.27
  2. ^ Flames in a Death-Trap; The Potter Building Completely Destroyed, New York Times, February 1, 1882

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