Temple Court Building and Annex

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

3-9 Beekman Street

ARCHITECT: Silliman & Farnsworth

DATE: 1881-83

STYLE: Queen Anne, Neo-Grec, Renaissance Revival

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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.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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