"Architecture in the Civic Center area" Foley Square Tip by Jefie

Foley Square, New York City: 3 reviews and 8 photos

  New York County Courthouse
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  • New York County Courthouse - New York City
      New York County Courthouse
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  • United States Courthouse in Civic Center - New York City
      United States Courthouse in Civic Center
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  • Manhattan Municipal Building - New York City
      Manhattan Municipal Building
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  • "Civic Fame", on top of the Municipal Building - New York City
      "Civic Fame", on top of the Municipal Building
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  • The famous Woolworth Building - New York City
      The famous Woolworth Building
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The Civic Center area is located just north of Lower Manhattan and the Wall Street District. That's where you'll find City Hall, a number of courthouses and some other buildings that make up one of the nicest architectural ensembles in the city.

The New York County Courthouse (Photo 1), home to the New York State Supreme Court, was completed in 1926. This hexagonal, Neo-Classical building is located at 60 Centre St., in front of Foley Square. The engraving on top of the columns reads "The true administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government", which was found in a letter written by George Washington. The three statues on top stand for Law, Truth, and Equity.

The 32-storey United States Courthouse (Photo 2, tall building in the background), standing at 40 Centre St., is another Neo-Classical building that can be found at Foley Square. At the time it was completed in 1936, it was the only skyscrapper built to serve as a federal building in New York City.

The Manhattan Municipal Building (Photo 3) is one of the most interesting pieces of architecture in the Civic Center area. This Renaissance Revival-style building is located at 1 Centre St., and it was completed in 1915 to meet the need for more government offices. It is home to the Mayor's office, and there is also a small chapel where about 80 weddings are celebrated every day. On top of the building stands Manhattan's second largest statue, called "Civic Fame" (Photo 4).

Finally, the Neo-Gothic Woolworth Building (Photo 5), completed in 1913, is one of New York City's oldest skyscrappers. For 17 years it stood as the tallest building in the world, and it is still one of the United States' tallest buildings today. Total cost for the construction of the building was about $13.5 million, which Woolworth paid cash (!).

Address: 111 Worth St #4g, New York, NY 10013
Directions: Civic Center area
Phone: (212) 619-1322
Website: http://www.nyc-architecture.com/SCC/SCC.htm

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  • Updated Jan 3, 2008
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