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The Whitehall Building

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The Whitehall Building
The Ocean Apartments, Whitehall Tower, 1-17 West Street


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
beaux-arts / historism


residential commercial office


  • The building was converted to apartments in 1999.
  • Designated landmark status on February 8, 2000.
  • They hired the prolific architectural firm of Clinton & Russell to design a thirty-one-story addition facing West Street, with a tower overlooking the original building.
  • Constructed in 1908-10, the Greater Whitehall, as the addition was called, was the largest office structure in the city at the time of its completion.
  • Built as a speculative office tower by the real estate and development firm of Robert A. and William H. Chesebrough, the building was an immediate success and the developers began plans to build an addition.
  • This highly visible site at the southernmost tip of Manhattan, overlooking Battery Park, inspired the architect to create a building with bold design features and a dramatic color scheme.
  • The twenty-story Whitehall Building, named for Peter Stuyvesant's seventeenth-century house that had been located nearby, was constructed in 1902-04 and designed by the preeminent turn-of -the-century architect Henry J. Hardenbergh.
  • The building's huge size coupled with its location on landfill at the edge of Manhattan island created the need for unusual types of foundations and methods for their installation.
  • The elegant limestone facade, designed in a neo-Renaissance style with a traditional organization of base, shaft, and capital complements the original structure.

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17 Battery Place
1 Western Union Plaza, 1-17 West Street, 2-26 Washington Street
17 Battery Place
Financial District
New York City
New York

Technical Data

259.00 ft
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259.00 ft
69.08 ft
180.67 ft

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Features & Amenities

  • Transmission antenna on roof
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