Morse Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

138-42 Nassau Street

ARCHITECT: Silliman & Farnsworth

DATE: 1878-80

STYLE: Victorian Gothic, Neo-Grec

City Hall Manhattan Neo-Grec Victorian Gothic

The Morse Building has two articulated facades featuring round- and segmental-arched fenestration. It is, in part, the earliest surviving tall “fireproof” New York office building of the period prior to the full development of the skyscraper. The architects employed a generally-praised stylistic combination of Victorian Gothic, neo-Grec. The building is an early example of the use of brick and terra cotta for the exterior cladding of office buildings in that period, with intricate polychrome brickwork.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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