IRT Subway System Underground Interior

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

Wall Street, Fulton Street, City Hall, Bleecker Street, Astor Place, and 33rd Street, Manhattan, and Borough Hall, Brooklyn, on the Lexington Avenue IRT Line; 59th Street-Columbus Circle, 72nd Street, 79th Street, 110th Street, and 116th Street-Columbia

ARCHITECT: Heins & La Farge

DATE: 1899-1908

IRT Subway Manhattan

The architects devised a decorative scheme which had certain features in common for each station but gave each station a distinctive identity. The identity of each station was created through the use of color, symbolic plaques, and name tablets. Fine materials such as faience, terra-cotta, glass and mosaic tile, marble and Roman brick highlight the artistic qualities of the stations. The City Hall station employs distinctive Guastavino vaults which enhance the curved loop of the station. The IRT subway stations were a significant contribution to the creation of a public art.

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

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