New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1 Wall Street / 14 Wall Street
1 Wall Street
On one of the world’s most expensive corners – 1 Wall Street and Broadway – architect Ralph Walker conceived his zig-zag Art Deco skyscraper for the Irving Trust Company as a “curtain wall” – not the typical sheet of glass hanging from a steel cage, but a limestone wall rippling like a curtain descending on a Broadway stage.
Because of the curves in the wall, the bank doesn’t completely occupy its full building lot, and by law unoccupied and unmarked land reverts to the public – not too many square inches are left unused here, but each one is worth gold. So a slender metal line in the sidewalk makes clear who owns what.
14 Wall Street
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus piled on top of the bell-tower of St. Mark’s in Venice, at the corner of Wall and Broad – that’s the design concept behind 14 Wall Street. In its day the world’s tallest bank building, the 539-foot-high skyscraper originally housed the headquarters of Bankers Trust, one of the country’s wealthiest financial institutions.
Many early skyscrapers took the Venetian bell-tower as a logical model for a modern office tower, but 14 Wall Street was the first to top it off with a temple in the sky, a seven-story stepped pyramid modeled on one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Instantly a standard-bearer in the fabled Downtown skyline, 14 Wall Street went on to become a widely recognized symbol of Wall Street and American capitalism.
Erected by The Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
Location. 40° 42.435′ N, 74° 0.645′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Wall Street and Broad Street, on the left when traveling east on Wall Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10005, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. P. Morgan (a few steps from this marker); J.P. Morgan Building (a few steps from this marker); City Hall to U.S.Capitol / Money Men / Nassau Changes Scale (a few steps from this marker); Ohio Company of Associates (a few steps from this marker); On this site in Federal Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Let Freedom Ring (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Hall National Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); New York Stock Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,144 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.