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Starrett-Lehigh Building

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Identification

Starrett-Lehigh Building
115861

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
curtain wall
art deco

Usages

commercial office
parking

Facts

  • With the Holland Tunnel (1927), Lincoln Tunnel (1937), and George Washington Bridge (1931), the Hudson River waterfront yielded its commercial activity to long-distance trucking.
  • The horizontal bands of windows and cantilevered concrete floors sweeping around the perimeter of a huge city block gave New Yorkers an indigenous example of the new International Style in architecture.
  • With tracks leading directly from the piers into the building, freight cars carried by boat from New Jersey could be moved in 30-foot elevators to truck pits on upper floors.
  • Completed in 1931, this massive factory-warehouse offered a novel solution to freight distribution and a dramatic example of curtain wall construction.
  • Rising above the ordinary commercial structures along the waterfront is the Starrett-Lehigh Building, a much heralded modernist experiment in industrial architecture.

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Location

601-649 West 26th Street
200-218 12th Avenue, 600-650 West 27th Street, 245-259 11th Avenue
601-25 West 26th Street to West 27th Street, 12th to 11th Avenues
10001
Chelsea
Manhattan
New York City
New York
U.S.A.

Technical Data

296.00 ft
296.00 ft
296.00 ft
19
1930
1931
1998
13

Involved Companies


Russell G. & Walter M. Cory
Yasuo Matsui

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