Designation Testimony

Testimony for Proposed Temple Court Building (now The Beekman Hotel) Atrium Individual Landmark


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

As the citywide advocate for New York’s architectural, historical and cultural neighborhoods, The Historic Districts Council supports the designation of the Temple Court Building (now The Beekman Hotel) Atrium as an Interior Landmark.

We are thrilled that this spectacular space, which was hidden from view for decades, has been restored and opened to the public, and that it will now be designated. 

This building is already an individual landmark. Designed by Skillman and Farnsworth, and built 1881-1883, The Temple Court Building was a pioneer in “tall office building” construction, one of the city’s first “fire proof” structures, and an early experiment in the skyscraper form. The building’s atrium, though once a common feature of buildings of this age, is now exceedingly rare. The remarkable restoration by Gerner, Kronick & Valcarcel, Architects, completed in 2016 not only highlights this rarity, but also restores the space to its spectacular beauty. There is no other space like this in New York, and we are excited that it will be protected and publicly accessible. 

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