from across Park Row (2012)
|Location||Manhattan, New York City|
|Address||35-38 Park Row or 145 Nassau Street|
|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.
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.
- 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
- Flames in a Death-Trap; The Potter Building Completely Destroyed, New York Times, February 1, 1882
- Media related to Potter Building (Manhattan) at Wikimedia Commons
- New York City Architecture Images - Potter Building
- Landmarks Preservation Commission Report
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