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Morse Building

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Identification

Morse Building
Nassau-Beekman, U.S. Realty Building
114743

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
romanesque revival

Usages

co-operative apartments

Facts

  • The Morse Building was one of the world's first prismatically shaped skyscrapers and, at 140 feet, one of the tallest buildings in New York when built.
  • Its sheer walls and flat roof were a departure from designs of previous buildings topped by step-backs, mansard roofs, or towers.
  • It was developed by G. Livingston and Sidney E. Morse, nephews of telegraph inventor Samuel F. B. Morse.
  • An important early tenant was the American Vitagraph Company, which created a motion picture studio on the roof at a time (1898-1903) when indoor filming was still difficult.
  • In 1900 the building was sold and radically altered to its present form, with the top two floors removed and six added, and the bottom two floors remodelled in a neo-classic style.
  • The alterations destroyed the building's architectural integrity.
  • The building was converted to co-op apartments in 1980.
  • The Morse Building at 140 Nassau Street was designated an individual landmark on September 19, 2006.

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Location

138-142 Nassau Street
10-14 Beekman Street
140 Nassau Street at Beekman Street, 12 Beekman Street
10038
Financial District
Manhattan
New York City
New York
U.S.A.

Technical Data

180.00 ft
14
1878
1880
1980

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Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
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