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De Vinne Press Building

New York Designated Landmark

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 30, 2017
1. De Vinne Press Building Marker
Inscription. Thomas DeVinne (1828-1914), for whom this building was named, was a noted and scholarly printer who produced Scribner's Monthly and St. Nicholas Magazine as well as the Century Dictionary and Century Magazine. Babb, Cook & Willard's strong design of 1885 is in the Romanesque style, beautifully executed in brick and terra cotta. It had considerable influence on the design of contemporary commercial buildings. Built before skeletal steel construction was developed, the eight stories are supported by thick masonry bearing walls.

Listen on the National Register of Historic Places by the
United States Department of the Interior
 
Location. 40° 43.676′ N, 73° 59.576′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Lafayette Street and East 4th Street on Lafayette Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 399 Lafayette Street, New York NY 10003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Merchants House of New York (within shouting distance of this marker); 376-380 Lafayette Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Firehouse Engine Company No. 33 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct
De Vinne Press Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 30, 2017
2. De Vinne Press Building and Marker
line); Colonnade Row (about 400 feet away); Astor Library (about 500 feet away); Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (about 500 feet away); ASHRAE Centennial 1894-95 – 1994-95 (about 600 feet away); American Society of Heating and Ventilation Engineers (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York City.
 
Also see . . .
1. De Vinne Press Building, Fourth and Lafayette Streets; An Understated Masterpiece...(NYT, 4/13/2003). Designed by Babb, Cook & Willard, the De Vinne building is a masterpiece of understated power, big, broad plain brick walls decorated almost entirely by their own constructive elements -- strapwork quoining at the corners, high deep arches, multipaned windows -- and a sweeping arcade of window openings across the top. Writing in The Architectural Record in 1904, the critic Russell Sturgis said: ''No photographs give the full sense of its bigness, its breadth and its mass. More than once visitors on their way to see it have been pulled up suddenly by a sudden sense of its large presence.'' It seems out of place in New York, more like some brawny Midwestern factory. (Submitted on July 17, 2017.) 

2. The 1886 De Vinne Press Bldg -- No. 395 Lafayette St (Daytonian in Manhattan)
De Vinne Press Building image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of Cornell University via Wikipedia Commons, circa 1890
3. De Vinne Press Building
. (Submitted on July 17, 2017.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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