American Surety Building

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American Surety Building
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American Surety Building
Alternative namesBank of Tokyo Building, 100 Broadway
General information
Architectural styleNeoclassical
Location96-100 Broadway, New York, NY 10005, United States
Coordinates40°42′29″N 74°00′40″W / 40.7081°N 74.0112°W / 40.7081; -74.0112Coordinates: 40°42′29″N 74°00′40″W / 40.7081°N 74.0112°W / 40.7081; -74.0112
Construction started1894
OwnerNorthwood Investors
Height338 feet (103 m)
Technical details
Floor count26
Design and construction
ArchitectBruce Price
Renovating team
ArchitectHerman Lee Meader

The American Surety Building is a historic skyscraper located at 100 Broadway, in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City, north of Trinity Church. One of Manhattan's most influential early skyscrapers, it is a New York City designated landmark.[1]


1898 drawing of the American Surety Building.

The building was constructed from 1894 to 1896, following designs by noted architect Bruce Price. It was one of Manhattan's first buildings with steel framing and curtain wall construction. At its original 21 stories, it was Price's first tall building and the second tallest building in New York.[2]

In an interview, Price described his design as "a campanile with four pilaster faces, the seven flutes being represented by seven rows of windows". The building is set on an irregular, trapezoidal lot, and designed as a Neo-Renaissance tower clad in Maine granite with a 3-story base, a 12-story shaft, and a 6-story cap. (Its 4th and 15 stories are transitional.) The base is an Ionic entrance colonnade topped with sculptures in a classical style by J. Massey Rhind. Above rises a middle section of horizontally banded piers with vertical strips framing the windows, which culminates in a row of figural sculptures extending from the 14th to 15th stories. A further six-story cap (subsequently modified) featured a colonnade of Corinthian pilasters, stone cornice, and a crowning parapet of gilded metal acroteria on the setback 20th and 21st stories.[citation needed]

The North American Trust Company was organized in early 1896, and at the start of 1898, the company was located in the American Surety Building at 100 Broadway.[3]

In 1920-1922, New York architect Herman Lee Meader supervised alterations, which included a new L-shaped annex that widened the tower from 7 to 11 bays, and addition of several stories, which greatly modified the original cap.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (2009). Postal, Matthew A. (ed.). Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1.
  2. ^ Harris, Gale (June 24, 1997). American Surety Company Building (PDF) (designation report). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
  3. ^ "A PLACE FOR COL. TRENHOLM.; Head of North American Trust Company -- W.S. Johnston Succeeds Him in American Surety". The New York Times. January 20, 1898. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 28, 2019.

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