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Cary Building (New York City)

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Cary Building
NYC Landmark No. 1224
Cary Building.jpg
Cary Bldg. is located in Lower Manhattan
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg. is located in New York
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg. is located in the United States
Cary Bldg.
Cary Bldg.
Location105–107 Chambers St., Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°42′55″N 74°00′30″W / 40.71528°N 74.00833°W / 40.71528; -74.00833
ArchitectKing & Kellum
Daniel D. Badger
Architectural styleItalian Renaissance revival
NRHP reference No.83001719
NYCL No.1224
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 15, 1983[1]
Designated NYCLAugust 24, 1982

The Cary Building at 105-107 Chambers Street, extending along Church Street to Reade Street, in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1856-1857 and was designed by Gamaliel King and John Kellum ("King & Kellum")[2] in the Italian Renaissance revival style, with the cast-iron facade provided by Daniel D. Badger's Architectural Iron Work. The five-story twin-facaded building was constructed for William H. Cary's Cary, Howard & Sanger, a dry goods firm.[3][4]

Although built as a commercial structure, the Cary Building is now residential. As a result of the widening of Church Street in the 1920s, a 200-foot-long wall of unadorned brick is now exposed on the east side of the building; as Christopher Gray observed in The New York Times, comparing the structure to cast-iron buildings with facades obscured by modern signage, "There is not too little of the Cary Building but too much."[3]

In 1973, the artist Knox Martin was commissioned to create a 280-foot canopy[5] that wrapped around the building. Ada Louise Huxtable wrote in The New York Times: "...credited Knox Martin with the graphics, including the supersign on the building's side and the continuous, brightly patterned abstract awning sheltering the shops. It is a fine example of combining new with old for practicality, continuity and art."[6]

The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1982, and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1] The building was once home to The New York Sun.

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See also



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Gayle, Margot. Cast-Iron Architecture in New York, 1974.
  3. ^ a b Gray, Christopher. "Streetscapes: The 1857 Cast-Iron Cary Building at 105 Chambers Street; Facades Meant to be Seen, a Brick Wall that Wasn't", The New York Times (16 July 2000) accessed 30 January 2011.
  4. ^ 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. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1., p.30
  5. ^ Maquette for the Wrap-Around Canopy of a Building on Chambers Street, Manhattan
  6. ^ Huxtable, Ada Louise. "Construction in the Capital", The New York Times (9 June 1974)

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