New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The West Street Building
90 West Street
— Designated Landmark, New York City —
Completed in 1907, the West Street Building was designed by architect Cass Gilbert as a premier office skyscraper for the shipping and railroad industries. The building combines the classical tripartite configuration of base, shaft and capital, common on late nineteenth-century office buildings, with the twentieth–century romantic emphasis on verticality and decorative crowns. With its clustered piers, terra cotta cladding, and gothic detail, including griffin figures and a foliate cornice with gargoyles, the West Street Building serves as a precursor to Gilbert’s masterpiece, the Woolworth Building. On September 11th, 2001, the West Street Building was severely damaged by fire and falling debris from the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. After extensive repairs, the building re-opened in 2005 as a residential apartment building.
This property has been placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Erected 2010 by New York
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Landmarks • Notable Buildings • Notable Events. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1852.
Location. 40° 42.592′ N, 74° 0.87′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street (New York State Route 9A) and Albany Street on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 90 West Steet, New York NY 10006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. America's Response Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grosse Kugelkaryatide (Great Spherical Caryatid), 1971 (about 300 feet away); The Anne Frank Tree (about 300 feet away); Memorial Glade (about 600 feet away); Survivor Tree (about 600 feet away); American Stock Exchange (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named American Stock Exchange (about 700 feet away); Trinity Church’s Tercentenary (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Cass Gilbert Society: The West Street Building. (Submitted on September 18, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Cass Gilbert's 1907 West Street Building -- No. 90 West St. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on April 13, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on April 21, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 18, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 6. submitted on September 22, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 23, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 11. submitted on March 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 12. submitted on December 23, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.