Photo #593 – 06.30.10
Corbin Building, Broadway/John St., New York City
New York City certainly has some pretty cool skyscrapers when you take some time to look up every once in a while! This particular building facade caught my eye as I was walking down Broadway in lower Manhattan just a block from the World Trade Center site.
Completed in 1889, the Corbin Building was, at the time, the tallest building in the city at 8-stories tall. The architect, Francis Kimball, used a bunch of different materials to create a visually-interesting skyscraper: a stone base, brick with terra-cotta ornamentation, and cast iron along the window frames (to really see these fine details, click on the photo above to go to my SmugMug photo site…once there, click on the photo and once it loads, click on X3 along the top to bring up an Extra Large copy). Over the course of a century, the skyscraper has been badly neglected, but it was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.