Barclay-Vesey Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

140 West Street

ARCHITECT: McKenzie, Voorhees & Gmelin; Ralph Walker

DATE: 1923-27

STYLE: American Art Deco

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The Barclay-Vesey Building was commissioned by the New York Telephone Company, and it was intended to stand as a corporate symbol and was promoted as the world’s largest telephone building. It is a pivotal structure in the history of skyscraper architecture, and  a prototypical example of the American Art Deco style. At the time of its construction was called Modernistic in style.

Its set-back form, a response to the 1916 New York City Building Zone Resolution, is an achievement of the incorporation of the law’s restrictions into a completed architectural design. The architect’s intention that the building be completely modern in every aspect of its design was a response to contemporary architectural trends and his objective was carried out in the building’s form, construction techniques, materials, unconventional ornament, and style.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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