National Title Guaranty Company Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

185 Montague Street

ARCHITECT: Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray

DATE: 1929-30

STYLE: Art Deco

Art Deco Brooklyn Brooklyn Heights

Designated January 24, 2017

The limestone and brick National Title Guaranty Company Building is notable for its strong massing and unusual details. The 16-story Art Deco style building was designed in 1929-30 by Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray, led by senior partner Harvey Wiley Corbett, a major proponent of the skyscraper as a modern urban form. Interspersed among the buttresses is a pierced limestone screen designed by the noted sculptor Rene Chambellan, which features stylized eagles, helmeted warriors and other elements. The building is a notable example of Art Deco commercial architecture, particularly with its strong vertical expression and unusual details.

*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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