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The Downtown Athletic Club

 
 
The Downtown Athletic Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 7, 2017
1. The Downtown Athletic Club Marker
Inscription.
The former Downtown Athletic Club, built between 1929 and 1930, is one of Manhattan’s most distinctive art deco skyscrapers. Designed by Starret & Van Vleck, the building is a rare example of a vertical clubhouse. The irregular massing of the design reflects the shape and configuration of the original athletic facilities, which included a swimming pool, tennis courts, and miniature golf. Since 1935, the club has sponsored the Heisman Memorial Trophy, awarded to the nation’s outstanding college football player. The club closed in 2002 and the building was converted to the Downtown Club Condominium in 2005.
 
Erected 2009 by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
 
Location. 40° 42.374′ N, 74° 0.953′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West Street south of Morris Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just right of the main entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 West Street, New York NY 10004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Honor of Peter Caesar Alberti (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cunard Building
The Downtown Athletic Club Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 7, 2017
2. The Downtown Athletic Club Marker (wide view; marker visible on right)
(about 700 feet away); Beaver’s Path (about 700 feet away); Fort Amsterdam (about 700 feet away); 175th Anniversary of Greek Independence (about 700 feet away); In Honor of Evacuation Day (about 700 feet away); Francis Makemie (about 700 feet away); John Ericsson (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
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1. Downtown Athletic Club.
The Club was founded in 1926. By 1927, it had purchased this site next to the Hudson River to construct its own building. It was completed in 1930. The high cost of land necessitated a tall building, and the relatively small lot size dictated that the different functions and facilities of the club, including swimming pool, gymnasium, miniature golf course, squash, and tennis courts, as well as dining rooms and living quarters, be accommodated on separate floors. (Submitted on March 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Downtown Athletic Club.
(This link provides many excellent images of the building, as well as additional information.) The boxy shape and variety of setbacks in the Downtown Athletic Club Building
The Downtown Athletic Club (<i>art deco architectural detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 7, 2017
3. The Downtown Athletic Club (art deco architectural detail)
demonstrate the effects of the 1916 Building Zone Resolution, but also give some indication of the various purposes assigned to different sections of the building. The architects juxtaposed the simple massing of the building with stylized, theater-like entrance prosceniums on both facades and a dextrous use of flat and angled brick, creating a dramatic addition to the city's skyline. The powerful chevron motifs in the rectangular areas over the entrances and in the spandrels between the windows of the upper stories are a variation of a common design theme of the period, reflective of the speed and energy of the Jazz Age. (Submitted on March 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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The Downtown Athletic Club (<i>art deco architectural detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 7, 2017
4. The Downtown Athletic Club (art deco architectural detail)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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