American Bank Note Company Printing Plant

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

1201 Lafayette Avenue (aka 1201- 1239 Lafayette Avenue; 801-841 Barretto Street; 890 and 930 Garrison Avenue; 800-818 Tiffany Street) and 938 Garrison Avenue (aka 851 Barretto Street), the Bronx.

ARCHITECT: Kirby, Petit & Green

DATE: 1909-1911

Designated February 5, 2008

The American Bank Note Company Printing Plant, was the leading producer of money, securities, and other types of printed and engraved products. The building features signature elements of industrial architecture, such as the saw-tooth roof and large expanses of industrial sash, allowed ample light into the interior spaces of the plant. The arsenal-like exterior of the plant, which is surrounded by a brick wall, embodied a sense of strength while also providing security for the specialized printing operation. The crenellated rectangular tower rising above the Lafayette Avenue wing and the articulation of the walls as massive brick piers forming multi-story arcades reinforced this fortress-like character. Such an expressive approach to industrial architecture would later be abandoned for a more severe, functional aesthetic. Upon completion, the American Bank Note Company Printing Plant was considered one of the most complete facilities of its kind, remaining in operation for nearly 75 years. Today, the expressive and monumental structure continues to serve as an important visual landmark for the Hunts Point neighborhood.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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