130 West 30th Street Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

130 West 30th Street, aka 128-132 West 30th Street

CLIENT: M. & L. Hess, Inc.

ARCHITECT: Cass Gilbert

DATE: 1927-28

STYLE: Assyrian Revival

Atlantic Terra Cotta Company Skyscraper

Designated: November 13, 2001

*Designed by the preeminent architect Cass Gilbert, and constructed in 1927-28, the 130 West 30th Street Building was built to accommodate offices, showrooms and manufacturing space. The 18-story structure was a speculative project for the real estate firmofM. & L. Hess, Inc. and of particular interest to its president, John W. Hahner. The modern skyscraper style setbacks reflect the zoning rules required by the 1916 Building Zone Resolution to admit more light and air onto the streets. The bold, abstracted terra-cotta designs on the entryway panels and cornices, based on traditional Assyrian hunting scenes and mythical guardian figures help distinguish this building from its neighbors and are truly unusual motifs. The Assyrian Revival style, one of numerous historically-inspired styles used during this period, was seen on only two other buildings in New York City. Fabricated by the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company, these terracotta bands and elaborate geometrically-ornamented spandrel panels add an unexpected and exotic element to this industrial building, which was considered an asset for attracting tenants.

*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission Designation Report

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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