Transportation Building (Manhattan)

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Transportation Building
Transportation Building 9495.JPG
General information
Architectural styleRenaissance Revival[1]
Address225 Broadway
Manhattan, New York City
Height545.01 feet (166.12 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count44
Design and construction
ArchitectYork & Sawyer

The Transportation Building is a 44-story skyscraper located at 225 Broadway on the corner of Barclay Street in the Civic Center neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City. It also carries the address 2-4 Barclay Street. It was built in 1927 and was designed by the architecture firm of York & Sawyer, in the Renaissance Revival style,[1] using setbacks common to skyscrapers built after the adoption of the 1916 Zoning Resolution.[2] It sits across Barclay Street from the Woolworth Building.

The site of the Transportation Building had previously been the northern portion of the Astor House, New York's first luxury hotel.[3] The hotel went into a long decline which began in the 1850s with the building of newer, more luxurious hotels. In 1913, the southern part was razed and replaced in 1915-16 with the Astor House Building at 217 Broadway, which is still extant. The northern part was torn down in 1926 to make way for the Transportation Building.[4]

One of the first tenants of the Transportation Building was the Pace Institute – the predecessor of the school that is now Pace University – which moved into the new building in 1927 and remained until the 1950s.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c Transportation Building at Emporis
  2. ^ Gabrielan, Randall (2007). Along Broadway. Arcadia Publishing. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-7385-5031-2.
  3. ^ Watson, Edward B.; Gillon, Edmund V. (2012). New York Then and Now. Courier Corporation. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-486-13106-1.
  4. ^ Dunlap, David W. (July 7, 1999) "Commercial Property; Former Astor Office Building Looks Back, and Up" The New York Times
  5. ^ Weigold, Marily F. "Pace University" in Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. (2010). The Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd ed.). New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-11465-2., p.965
  6. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (October 29, 2002) "Edward Mortola, 85; Oversaw Expansion at Pace", The New York Times

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Coordinates: 40°42′43″N 74°00′31″W / 40.7120°N 74.0086°W / 40.7120; -74.0086