Cary Building (New York City)

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Cary Building
Cary Building.jpg
Cary Bldg. is located in Lower Manhattan
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg. is located in New York
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg. is located in the US
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg.
Location 105–107 Chambers St., Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°42′55″N 74°0′30″W / 40.71528°N 74.00833°W / 40.71528; -74.00833Coordinates: 40°42′55″N 74°0′30″W / 40.71528°N 74.00833°W / 40.71528; -74.00833
Built 1856-57
Architect King & Kellum
Daniel D. Badger
Architectural style Italian Renaissance revival
NRHP reference # 83001719
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 15, 1983[1]
Designated NYCL August 24, 1982

The Cary Building at 105-107 Chambers Street, extending along Church Street to Reade Street, in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1856-1857 and was designed by Gamaliel King and John Kellum ("King & Kellum")[2] in the Italian Renaissance revival style, with the cast-iron facade provided by Daniel D. Badger's Architectural Iron Work. The five-story twin-facaded building was constructed for William H. Cary's Cary, Howard & Sanger, a dry goods firm.[3][4]

Although built as a commercial structure, the Cary Building is now residential. As a result of the widening of Church Street in the 1920s, a 200-foot-long wall of unadorned brick is now exposed on the east side of the building; as Christopher Gray observed in the New York Times, comparing the structure to cast-iron buildings with facades obscured by modern signage, "There is not too little of the Cary Building but too much."

The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1982, and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1] The building was once home to The New York Sun.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Gayle, Margot. Cast-Iron Architecture in New York, 1974.
  3. ^ Gray, Christopher. "Streetscapes: The 1857 Cast-Iron Cary Building at 105 Chambers Street; Facades Meant to be Seen, a Brick Wall that Wasn't", New York Times (16 July 2000) accessed 30 January 2011.
  4. ^ New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (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.30

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