Bayard-Condict Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

65-69 Bleecker Street

ARCHITECT: Louis Sullivan; Lyndon P. Smith

DATE: 1897-99

STYLE: Terra-cotta

Manhattan Soho Terra-cotta

The Bayard-Condict Building is the only building in New York City designed by Louis H. Sullivan, one of America’s greatest and most influential architects. It is the first truly modern skyscraper in New York. It expresses its structural components in the manner of the Chicago School.  The vertical design is a poetic expression of Sullivan’s theory of the skyscraper as a “proud and soaring thing.” It is distinguished by Sullivan’s exuberant ornament of an organic foliate nature which complements the structural innovations of the building. The terra-cotta curtain wall was unique at that time in New York.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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