Temple Court Building and Annex

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

5 Beekman Street (aka 3-9 Beekman Street; 119-133 Nassau Street; 10 Theatre Alley)

CLIENT: Eugene Kelly

ARCHITECT: Silliman & Farnsworth

DATE: 1881-83

STYLE: Queen Anne, Neo-Grec, Renaissance Revival

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Designated: February 10, 1998

Temple Court Building was commissioned by Eugene Kelly, an Irish-American multi-millionaire-merchant-banker. Executed in red Philadelphia brick, tan Dorchester stone, and terra-cotta above a two-story granite base, the handsome vertically-expressed design employs Queen Anne, neo-Grec, and Renaissance Revival motifs.

The Temple Court Building and Annex is an early example of the use of brick and terra-cotta for the exterior cladding of tall office buildings in the 1870s and 80s, as well as a rare surviving office building of its era constructed around a full-height interior skylighted atrium. Its two towers foreshadow the pyramidal form that later became popular for skyscrapers.

The interior atrium was designated an individual landmark on June 4, 2024.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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