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2 Broadway

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Height  128 m
Opened  1959
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2 Broadway is an office building at the south end of Broadway, near Bowling Green Park in New York City. 2 Broadway was built on the site of the Produce Exchange Building.


Description and history

2 Broadway is a representative structure of brick with terracotta decorations. Its grand skylighted hall, based on French retail structures, cast daylight into the lower floors. Its architect was George B. Post, who built it from 1881–84.

The Produce Exchange Building was demolished in 1957 and replaced by a 32-story tower constructed in 1958-1959. The developer, Uris Buildings Corporation, first preferred a design by William Lescaze with Kahn & Jacobs, which featured a tower slab set at right angles to Broadway. However, ultimately Emery Roth & Sons was given the contract, which saw a radically different design which would fill most of the lot, with the building rising in triple setbacks. The facade is now covered in blue-green tinted glass after a makeover some years ago.

In popular culture

  • The building can be briefly seen in the silent movie Speedy (1928), with Harold Lloyd.
  • The building was part of the filming location in the thriller Mirage (1965), with Gregory Peck and Diane Baker.
  • The building also featured in the American comedy-drama film The Apartment (1960), produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray.
  • References

    2 Broadway Wikipedia

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