359 Broadway

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359 Broadway
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359 Broadway is located in New York City
359 Broadway
Location within New York City
General information
Architectural style Italianate
Location Manhattan, New York City
Address 359 Broadway
Coordinates 40°43′02″N 74°00′15″W / 40.71736°N 74.00412°W / 40.71736; -74.00412Coordinates: 40°43′02″N 74°00′15″W / 40.71736°N 74.00412°W / 40.71736; -74.00412
Design and construction
Architecture firm Field & Correja
Designated October 16, 1990

The building at 359 Broadway between Leonard and Franklin Streets in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City was built in 1852 and was designed by the firm of Field & Correja in the Italianate style.[1]

The top three floors of the building were used by pioneering photographer Mathew Brady as a portrait studio from 1853 to 1859,[1] where he photographed many famous Americans. On the south side of the building a faded painted sign for Mathew Brady's Studio could once be seen by pedestrians on Broadway, but this was painted over before the building was landmarked.

The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1990, an action which was confirmed in 1992 after a long battle between the city and its owner. Justice Karla Moskowitz of the New York State Supreme Court decided in April that it was "clear that the building was considered from the first on architectural as well as historical grounds." The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission had argued for the building's preservation, both because of its famous tenant – Brady – and the fact that each of the building's five floors had received a distinctive window treatment, thus indicating that it was an architecturally significant structure and not merely a utilitarian structure.[2]


  1. ^ a b New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S. (text); Postal, Matthew A. (text) (2009), Postal, Matthew A., ed., Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1 , p.34
  2. ^ "Landmark Dispute; Brady's Broadway Studio". New York Times. 1992-05-10. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 

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