Are we at times guilty of not heeding glorious architecture surrounding us? Countless treks around and through the vaulted ceiling passage of this Art Deco confection – then Eureka! Yesterday, I paused and began shooting images in late afternoon of the exterior of The New York Telephone Company Building a.k.a. Barclay-Vesey Building now The Verizon Building.
Grateful this exquisite example of Art Deco style by Ralph Walker was not razed years ago. Being adjacent to the World Trade Center site might be one of the reasons it is overshadowed by all the attention across the street. It did sustain major damage in the September 11, 2001 attacks; thankfully its thick masonry protecting steel columns and other structural elements aided it in withstanding the trauma. Thankful for the three-year $1.4 billion restoration.
I’ll save the equally stunning interiors for a later blog.
Imagining the almost infinite laborious hours spent creating what has been called “one of the most significant structures in skyscraper design.”
Construction began in 1923 and the 498 ft. tall 32 story building was completed in 1927 – known then as the Barclay-Vesey Building – serving as the headquarters for the New York Telephone Company.
Wish I had had the opportunity to view this building prior to the $1.4 billion restoration which included carving motif designs in the ornamental limestone. I wonder how the original artisans would have rated the expertise of tradesmen of today. Tishman Interiors were awarded the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for its restoration by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2004.
New York City Landmark – 1999 / National Register of Historic Places in 2009
Next time you are in the Tribeca area, stop and take a gander!!
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such an architectural lover’s delight – this is the front façade view at 140 West Street between Barclay and Vesey streets. Now Verizon headquarters when they merged with Bell Atlantic and GTE in 2013, when Verizon sold the upper 21 floors to a redeveloper with plans to convert them into residences.
Apologies for the blurred elephant image – will have to retake that one! Historians and architects consider the Verizon Building to be the first Art Deco skyscraper – one of the first built under the 1916 Zoning Resolution. We see so many step back principle buildings today; it is a key element of art deco design.