Mar 29, 2012

258 Washington Street at the Northwest Corner of Murray Street

258 Washington Street at the Northwest Corner of Murray Street


Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 25 x 24.8 cm (9 13/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Paper: 35.5 x 27.7 cm (14 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2011.251



In 1970 the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission awarded landmark status to the building at 258 Washington Street, built in 1848 by architect-engineer James Bogardus (1800–1874). “It forms a part of the first complete cast-iron building front ever erected in the United States, . . . [which] employed a novel system of assembly and erection and . . . was a forerunner of the multi-story steel-framed office building of today.” Landmark status did not prevent its demolition. However, its front consisted of prefabricated units that could be taken apart, moved, and reassembled elsewhere. The historic facade was disassembled at a cost of $80,000 and put in storage in 1971. Four years later, it was stolen by thieves who sold it for scrap.

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