The CornerYesterday I was re familiarizing myself with some photographic work, and I was reading the book 'The photograph' by Graeme Clark. I was reminded of this image by Paul Strand, 23 Wall Street, 1915.
My 1st thought was, how big are those windows? (Thinking giants) my next thought was wow, what an ugly monolith.
So I did a little digging, whilst thinking along the lines of giant windows for giant people… When I suddenly discovered that this 23 Wall Street, was actually the 2nd Building on the plot, it was new build,,,
Here is the original Drexel building, finished in 1873 and demolished in 1913. It survived just 40 years, this beautiful building, are we to believe this?
‘Drexel, Morgan & Co. commissioned architect Arthur D. Gilman to design the structure which The Times predicted would be “magnificent.” Work commenced on May 1, 1872 with an anticipated completion of April 1, 1873. The six-story building would be clad in gleaming white Vermont marble and while Gilman described the style as “Italian renaissance” it would be deemed French Second Empire today. There would be a grand mansard roof above the fifth floor cornice, crowned by a faceted cap at the corner. On either side dormers would line up with military precision.’
Source: The Lost Drexel Building - Broad and Wall Streets
I managed to find 2 images of its ‘Demolition’ Im sure there are more out there... and again, 1913/14 and horse and cart ?
Demolition of the J.P. Morgan Bank in 1913:
Now of course, the bankers are involved, and no less than JP Morgan et al.
Get this: ‘In what was nearly a foreshadowing of things to come, on April 14, 1907 The Times recalled the Drexel Building’s origins and future. “The firm ‘at the corner,’ J. P. Morgan & Co., was one of the very first, if not the first, to occupy a building designed in part, even, for their own use. It was when the name was Drexel, Morgan & Co. that the Drexel Building was erected at Wall and Broad Streets, a showplace in its day and a landmark so long as it shall stand.’
Some details about the new build, Waki:
- Designed by Trowbridge & Livingston and built in 1913, the building was so well known as the headquarters of J.P. Morgan & Co. – the "House of Morgan" – that it was deemed unnecessary to mark the exterior with the Morgan name. The building is known for its classical architecture and formerly for its well-appointed interior, including a massive crystal chandelier and English oak panelling, but, overall, is more notable for its history than its architecture.
- Bombing: On September 16, 1920, the building was the site of the Wall Street bombing, in which thirty-eight people were killed and hundreds injured, 143 of them seriously. The building received heavy damage, with shrapnel entering the building through its large wide windows. To this day, the damage to the limestone façade is visible on the outside of the building, as the company said it would never repair the damage in defiance to those who committed the crime.
- Because the Morgan building was so well known, many assumed that the target of the assumed anarchist bombing was actually the bank itself.
- The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1965, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Since it was purchased in 2008 by interests associated with the billionaire industrialist Sam Pa, it has been left in a state of disuse.
- The building was used for banking and conference stuff and changed hands etc, but now, it is empty, and waiting for new occupants… it has been empty for some while.
‘The foundations were constructed deep and strong enough in order to support a forty-story tower should the need arise in the future.’
My spidey senses are in overdrive, bunker?
Let us search for some construction images...
STOP THE PRESSNow whilst searching for construction images, I came across this, which claims to be the location prior to the building of the Drexel Building…
Now my head is hurting.
- 1st thing in notice on this is the cellar, or whatever, with windows clearly underground… and the ghostly people, some of which look painted on? No date on it but must be pre 1873?
My head is banging..
- My original question was to be, why demolish beautiful Drexel building? Status, because you can? Was it decrepit?
I cannot find much if any evidence of the construction or demolition of these 3 buildings?
And why has this once mega important building been empty for so long?
As an aside, whilst I was looking at Wall Street, I found other buildings of the same appearance to Drexel which met a similar fates… but that is for another day.
Mandela is in the house.
One further thing, no joke. This has seriously thrown me!
When I started looking at this last night, I initially found dozens of links and articles about both the Drexel and JP Morgan Building, with lots of photos. I bookmarked many of them in google chrome, even added them to pocket (on my smart phone). When I returned today to investigate, I found no such bookmarks, and only one link in pocket.
I google searched and no kidding, 90% of info and images I saw yesterday are gone, vanished.
I have tried on 2 different networks to check for blocked pages, same result, no info.
And my head is absolutely banging now, raging headache, if anyone can contribute here it would be greatly appreciated. …