Surrogate’s Court (Hall of Records)

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

31 Chambers Street

ARCHITECT:  John R. Thomas; Horgan & Slattery

DATE: 1899-1907

STYLE: Beaux-Arts

Beaux-Arts Manhattan Tribeca

This building was planned as a magnificent architectural symbol of the prosperity, importance and achievement of New York City. The opulence, grandeur, and lavish decoration of the interiors are highly characteristic of the Beaux-Arts style.

The main lobby, a vast and imposing architectural space, is one of the most splendid interiors in New York City. The magnificent mosaics of the ceiling in the foyer and vestibules are indicative of the high degree of artistic attention lavished on the building. The North and South Court Rooms on the fifth floor are unusually splendid. The building continues to play a vital role in City government as the Surrogate’s Court and Hall of Records.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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