Designated: May 18, 2021
70 Fifth Avenue is an example of this area’s characteristic intersection of architectural excellence and cultural significance. Built in 1914 and designed by architect Charles Lamb in what the LPC’s materials rightly call an “understated and refined example of the Beaux Arts style”, this commercial building housed a remarkable roster of tenants involved with the furtherance of civic and human rights. No less a historic figure than W.E.B. Du Bois worked here, decades before he lived in the landmarked Dunbar Apartments, 409 Edgecombe Avenue, or in the Addisleigh Park Historic District at 173-19 113rd Avenue, all of which claim historic significance due in part to his association with them.
In fact, this might be the earliest Du Bois-associated site to be designated in New York City, and among the most-significant in that it represents his influential leadership of ‘The Crisis’, a magazine published by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Both the magazine and the organization were housed in this building. Interestingly, by the time 70 Fifth Avenue opened, Du Bois had been at the helm of ‘The Crisis’ for at least 4 years, monumentally expanding its circulation (reportedly from an initial 1,000 subscribers in 1908 to over 100,00 by 1918) and greatly expanded its content.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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Mar 22, 2021
The Educational Building, 70 Fifth Avenue – 70 Fifth Avenue (AKA 2-6 West 13th Street)
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