The beautiful copulas of 15 Park Row!

Hello friends!

Here we are with a new post on my blog.


It happened to me to be walking around the Financial District in Downtown Manhattan with my Canon camera in my hands.

Suddenly, my attention went to these beautiful copulas. Wow!

As often it happens to me, not being a person expert of architecture, I had no idea of what that building was.

"what's the name of that building? what's the history behind it?" I was asking my wife @4theinsta ! "Come on baby, help me and find out!" :)


So I deciced to let her edit the quality of the picture and I focused on the research of the history of this buildilng. These are my findings, I hope you'll find them helpful next time you'll be in New York!


The Park Row Building, also known as 15 Park Row, is a building on Park Row in Financial District of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The building was designed by R. H. Robertson, a pioneer in steel skyscraper design, and engineered by the firm of Nathaniel Roberts.


Originally part of Newspaper Row (the center of the newspaper industry in New York City for 80 years beginning in the 1840s) and once home to the offices of the Associated Press, the 30-story Park Row Building features turrets with copper detailing. The main facade is highly ornamented, but the other facades were left more plain.


When it was completed in 1899, this 391-foot-high building was the tallest office building in the world, a title it retained until 1908 when the 612-foot-high Singer Building nearby on Broadway stole the title.

The building also has some balconies, two four-story cupolas topped by "smaller, copper-clad lanterns with caryatids," facing City Hall Park and four sculptures of women on its base. The building has two light courts and 24 corners.


In 1999, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Park Row Building a landmark.


The building underwent a $30 million renovation in 2001. Ten floors within the space remained available to rent for office space, while the upper floors were converted to residential use. The remaining commercial floors (levels 3-8 and 26-27) are currently being converted to residential use, so the building will no longer house office space for rent.


Alright, I think that's enough information for you to recognize this building next time you'll be in the Financial District!


Ciao4now,


Andrea

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