Barclay-Vesey Building, First Floor Interior

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

140 West Street

ARCHITECT: McKenzie, Voorhees & Gmelin; Ralph Walker

DATE: 1923-27

STYLE: American Art Deco

American Art Deco Manhattan Tribeca

Designated 10/1/1991

The building where this interior is located was promoted as the world’s largest telephone building, and it is a prototypical example of a skyscraper designed in the American Art Deco style. The building called Modernistic at the time of its construction, and this feature is seen in the lobby’s striking display of rich materials, style, and unconventional ornament.

The modern design of the lobby helped to symbolize the success and progressiveness of the New York Telephone Company. At the time of its construction the interior was proclaimed the greatest triumph of a building heralded as a monument to American architecture. The architect  successfully established a continuity between interior and exterior design.

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

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