291 Broadway

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291 Broadway
291 Broadway body.jpg
(2012)
General information
StatusComplete
TypeCommercial
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
Location291 Broadway,
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°42′54″N 74°00′22″W / 40.714928°N 74.006113°W / 40.714928; -74.006113Coordinates: 40°42′54″N 74°00′22″W / 40.714928°N 74.006113°W / 40.714928; -74.006113
Construction started1910
Completed1911
OwnerGeneral Services Administration
Height
Roof252.67 ft (77.01 m)
Technical details
Floor count19
Floor area132,800 sq ft (12,340 m2)
Lifts/elevators5
Design and construction
ArchitectClinton & Russell[1]
DeveloperLinpro New York Realty

291 Broadway, also known as the East River Savings Bank Building, is a 19-story high-rise building located at 291 Broadway and Reade Street in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. Designed by the architecture firm Clinton and Russell, the building originally housed the former East River Savings Bank. [2] It served as the YMCA national headquarters from 1949 to 1980, and also housed the YMCA Historical Library during this time.[3] The YMCA sold the building in 1980 when it decided to move the YMCA National Council to Chicago.[4]

The building's design is inspired by Beaux-Arts architecture and Historism style, and is clad in a light stone facade. Around the base of the building, carved columns and medallions add character, along with stone fencing along the roof.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norval White; Elliot Willensky; Fran Leadon (2010). AIA Guide to New York City. Oxford University Press. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-19-977291-9.
  2. ^ "The East River Savings Building" in The Engineering Record. 63. McGraw Publishing Company. 1911. pp. 218–219.
  3. ^ "Kautz Family YMCA Archives". University of Minnesota. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Realty News", The New York Times, February 22, 1981.

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