Judge Building

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The Judge Building is a ten story edifice located at 110 Fifth Avenue and 16th Street. It is called the Judge building because it is where Judge Magazine was printed[1] It covers a site measuring 92 by 158.4 feet (28.0 by 48.3 m).[2] Built in 1888, the structure was acquired by the New York Times Company in 1985. It was designed by McKim, Mead, and White. When purchased by the New York Times Company, the building became occupied mostly by the Times Company magazine, Family Circle.[1]


The property was owned by the Goelet family.[3] In May 1922, Mary R. and Robert Goelet obtained a $250,000 loan on the establishment from the Union Dime Savings Bank.[2]

In 1889 the Judge Building was expanded at the expense of a piano warehouse owned by William Knabe & Company, and located at 112 Fifth Avenue. After May 1, 1889 the warehouse was absorbed by the newer structure.[4]

An exhibition of three thousand dolls was put on at the Judge Building beginning on the night of December 15, 1890. It was the first of its kind in the United States and featured a large Albani doll sent from London, England by Mademoiselle Albani.[5]

Former business establishments located in the Judge Building include the firm of Sackett, Wilhelms & Company, which had a printing press there in 1891.[6]

In the mid-1980s the New York Historic Districts Council replaced a rotted out cornice made of light gauge metal sheets with one composed of molded fiberglass. The new cornice projected from the top of the building in a stepped design, with ornamental blocks (dentrils) arranged in a prominent row. The original third floor arches were also rebuilt. The arches were lost in 1903, a year in which three floors were added to the structure.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Anderson, Susan Heller; Dunlap, David W. (1985-12-23). "Saving Ladies' Mile". New York Times. p. B3. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  2. ^ a b "The Auction Market". New York Times. 1922-05-11. p. 34. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Legal Use of Streets". New York Times. 1896-11-11. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Found Dead in His Room". New York Times. 1889-02-18. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  5. ^ "Many Dolls Will Receive". New York Times. 1890-12-14. p. 10. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Killed in a Pressroom". New York Times. 1891-10-21. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 

Coordinates: 40°44′15″N 73°59′34″W / 40.73750°N 73.99278°W / 40.73750; -73.99278