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Cunard Building (New York City)

Cunard Building
Bowling Green-Battery Pk 01 - Cunard.jpg
Alternative namesStandard & Poors Building
General information
StatusComplete
TypeOffice
Architectural styleNeo-Renaissance
Location25 Broadway
Financial District, Manhattan, New York
Coordinates40°42′21″N 74°00′50″W / 40.705783°N 74.013978°W / 40.705783; -74.013978
Construction started1920
Completed1921
Height254.74 feet (77.64 m)
Technical details
Floor count23
Design and construction
ArchitectBenjamin Wistar Morris III
Architecture firmCarrère & Hastings
Designated19 September 1995
Reference no.LP-1928
References
[1][2]

The Cunard Building, also known as the Standard & Poors Building, is a 22-story office building located at 25 Broadway in Lower Manhattan's Financial District, which opened on May 2, 1921. Both the building shell and its principal first floor interior spaces were designated as landmarks by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1995. Its ticketing hall is currently operated by Cipriani S.A. as an event space. Léman Manhattan Preparatory School's middle and high school campuses are located at 1 Morris Street in the building.[3]

History

Lobby of the Cunard Building.

The building was designed between 1917 and 1919 and built between 1920 and 1921 by the architect Benjamin Wistar Morris with the architects Carrère & Hastings playing a consulting role. While the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House already dominated Bowling Green, the Cunard Building was held in high regard almost immediately upon its opening in May 1921.[4] It featured more than 600,000 sq. feet of space in a modified Italian Renaissance style. Its great hall, which itself was more than sixty feet tall, was the home of Cunard Line and Anchor Lines with a number of other tenants throughout the building.[5] While 25 Broadway is considered to be its primary address, it's also known as 13-27 Broadway, 13-39 Greenwich Street and 1-9 Morris Street. Within the borough of Manhattan it is designated Block 13, Lot 27.[6]

Its time as a ticketing hall ceased in 1968 and the building was sold in 1971. Its interior was converted to a post office, which remained in service until 2000.[7] On September 19, 1995, the first floor interior, formerly Cunard's ticketing office, was designated a New York City landmark. The designation included the entrance vestibule and lobby, the passage to the Great Hall and the Hall up to the height of its rotunda. [6]

In 2014, the Great Hall was leased to Cipriani S.A.[8] for the operation of an event venue.

References

  1. ^ "Standard & Poors Building". Emporis. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  2. ^ "CUNARD BUILDING" (PDF). Landmarks Preservation Commission. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Léman Manhattan | Morris Street Campus (Grades 6-12)". www.lemanmanhattan.org. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  4. ^ Comstock, William P. (August 1921). "The Cunard Building, New York". Architecture and Building. New York, NY: The William T. Comstock Company. Retrieved 30 Oct 2015.
  5. ^ "NEW CUNARD BUILDING; Imposing Office Structure at 25 Broadway Opens Its Doors Tomorrow--Striking Architectural Features". New York Times. 1921-05-01. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b "CUNARD BUILDING, FIRST FLOOR INTERIOR" (PDF). Landmarks Preservation Commission.
  7. ^ "Cunard Building". LMCC. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Cipriani 25 Broadway". Cipriani USA, Inc. Retrieved 30 October 2015.