Whitehall Building

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Whitehall Building
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The original Whitehall Building (front), with its larger annex in the back
Alternative names
  • Lesser Whitehall
General information
TypeResidential, Commercial Office
LocationLower Manhattan,
New York
Coordinates40°42′20″N 74°0′58″W / 40.70556°N 74.01611°W / 40.70556; -74.01611Coordinates: 40°42′20″N 74°0′58″W / 40.70556°N 74.01611°W / 40.70556; -74.01611
Construction started1902
Top floor259 ft (79 m)
Technical details
Floor count20
Design and construction
ArchitectHenry J. Hardenbergh
Main contractorGeorge A. Fuller Company
Whitehall Building Annex
Alternative names
  • Greater Whitehall
General information
Construction started1908
Roof424 ft (129 m)
Technical details
Floor count31
Design and construction
ArchitectClinton & Russell
Structural engineerJames Hollis Wells
Main contractorGeorge A. Fuller Company

The Whitehall Building is a 20-story skyscraper located at 17 Battery Place, across the street from Battery Park in lower Manhattan in New York City.


The original building was constructed from 1902-1904 as a speculative office building designed by architect Henry Hardenbergh. It was named for Peter Stuyvesant's 17th-century home, "White Hall", which had been located nearby. It was converted to apartments in 1999.

One office tenant in the mid 20th century was the Moran Towing Company, operator of a fleet of tugboats. In the days before radio dispatching, a man high in the building would watch with a telescope for incoming ships, and then use a six-foot megaphone to shout instructions to the Moran tugboats docked at the Battery.[1]


The annex, also known as Greater Whitehall, is a 31-story skyscraper located at 26 Washington Street, next door to the Whitehall Building. It was built from 1908 to 1910 as an extension to the Whitehall Building in response to the success of that building. The annex was designed by the architectural firm of Clinton & Russell. At the time of its completion, it was the largest office building in New York City.

The total ground area for the two buildings is 51,515 square feet (4,786 m2) according to a 1910 engineering record. Both were contracted by the George A. Fuller company.

The pair of buildings was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on February 8, 2000.

Whitehall Club[edit]

From 1908 to the early 90's the complex housed the Whitehall club on its top floors. This lunch club was the premier maritime club in New York city during that era and hosted all the world's most famous shipping figures such as Onassis, Niarchos, Malcolm McLean and Ludwig.


  1. ^ Marrin, Richard B. "New York Harbor History: Workhorses of the Sea". Bay Crossings. San Francisco Bay Crossings. Retrieved 25 November 2013.

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