Jun 17, 2013

The St. George Building

The St. George Building


Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 23.2 x 29.9 cm (9 1/8 x 11 3/4 in.); Paper: 27.7 x 35.4 cm (10 7/8 x 13 15/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2012.425



The St. George Building at the intersection of Beekman and Cliff Streets was built as a warehouse in 1870, one year after construction began on the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. The building was named after a succession of churches that had occupied the site from 1752 to 1868. Lyon made a series of images showing the progress of the warehouse’s demolition. Today, not even the intersection remains. In 1971 it was subsumed into a cooperative apartment complex consisting of four 27-story buildings that still occupy the site.

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