Century Building (17th Street, Manhattan)

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Century Building
Barnes & Noble Union Square NYC.jpg
Century Building (17th Street, Manhattan) is located in Manhattan
Century Building (17th Street, Manhattan)
Location 33 East 17th Street, Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°44′13″N 73°59′23″W / 40.73694°N 73.98972°W / 40.73694; -73.98972Coordinates: 40°44′13″N 73°59′23″W / 40.73694°N 73.98972°W / 40.73694; -73.98972
Built 1880–1881
Architect William Schickel
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP reference # 97001148
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 18, 1997[1]
Designated NYCL October 7, 1986

The Century Building at 33 East 17th Street between Park Avenue South and Broadway on Union Square in Manhattan, New York City, was designed by William Schickel in the Queen Anne style and built in 1880–1881 as the headquarters of the Century Publishing Company, which published the popular The Century Magazine for adults and St. Nicholas Magazine for children.[2][3]

The building, which is unusual in being a commercial building in the Queen Anne style,[2] was vacant in recent years before having its facade restored in 1994–1995 by Li/Saltzman Architects[3] to be a Barnes & Noble retail bookstore, which has four selling floors. It was designated a New York City landmark in 1993,[2] and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Century Building" Archived February 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. at the NRHP database
  2. ^ a b c 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.76
  3. ^ a b 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.202

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