Cunard Building in New York City

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The Cunard Building, also known as the Standard & Poors Building, is a 22-story office building located at 25 Broadway, adjacent to Bowling Green Park in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan in New York City. The Cunard Building was designed in the Italian Renaissance style by Benjamin Wistar Morris, in conjunction with consultants Carrère and Hastings.

The Cunard Building’s main facade, on Broadway, is made of limestone and consists of three horizontal sections. The design employs setbacks and open “light courts” as mandated by the 1916 Zoning Resolution. The structure was designed around an irregular street grid and is located directly above a subway line that crosses the building site diagonally. The first floor interior contains an elaborately decorated lobby, as well as a similarly opulent Great Hall, which extends 185 feet (56 m) with a 65-foot-tall (20 m) dome. The remaining floors contain various offices and school spaces.

© Tdorante10/cc-by-sa-4.0 Center arches © Tdorante10/cc-by-sa-4.0 Entrance © Tdorante10/cc-by-sa-4.0 Great Hall © Jason Greenspan/cc-by-sa-4.0 Great Hall © Jason Greenspan/cc-by-sa-4.0 Lobby © Gigi Altarejos/cc-by-sa-4.0
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The Cunard Building was erected for the New York City office of British-American steamship operator Cunard Line; construction started in 1920 and the building was completed the next year. Upon completion, the Cunard Building was almost fully leased to tenants of various industries. The Twenty-five Broadway Corporation, a Cunard Line affiliate, owned the building until the 1960s. The Great Hall was vacated after the Cunard Line moved out in 1968; the United States Postal Service occupied the Great Hall from 1974 until 2000, and Cipriani S.A. started using the space in 2014. The upper floors continued to host offices and various educational facilities.

Upon completion, the Cunard Building’s exterior and interior designs received critical acclaim. The Cunard Building’s facade and principal first-floor interior spaces were designated as landmarks by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1995.

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