Cunard Building – Exterior and Interior

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

25 Broadway

ARCHITECT: Benjamin Wistar Morris; Carrere & Hastings (consulting)

DATE: 1917-21

STYLE: Neo-Renaissance

Lower Manhattan Manhattan Neo-Renaissance

Designated 9/19/1995

The Cunard Building has a pivotal location within the fabric of the city, its street walls maintaining the masonry “canyons” of lower Manhattan and its limestone facade commanding a significant presence at the juncture of Bowling Green and Broadway. Morris’s design received much critical acclaim for its arrangement of subtle setbacks and ample, well-located open courts, which addressed the natural light and ventilation demands made by the zoning resolution.

The interior consists of a five-bay entrance lobby, and a narrow passageway. It is modeled on ancient Roman and Renaissance Italian prototypes. The decoration, made of polychrome stucco, painted murals, and metalwork, expresses the adventure of travel over the open sea through the depiction of mythical and historical figures associated with the sea, as well as imaginary and real sea creatures. This interior and the exterior of the building have a neo-Renaissance character.

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

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