|Alternative names Lesser Whitehall|
Height 79 m
Architecture firm Clinton and Russell
Floor count 20
Top floor 259 ft (79 m)
Construction started 1902
|Type Residential, Commercial Office|
Location Lower Manhattan, New York
Similar The Whitehall Building, City Investing Building, Soldiers' and Sailors' M, Riverside Church, Hotel Astor
The Whitehall Building is a 20-story skyscraper located at 17 Battery Place, across the street from Battery Park in lower Manhattan in New York City.
Map of Whitehall Building, New York, NY 10004, USA
The original building was constructed from 1902-1904 as a speculative office building designed by architect Henry Hardenbergh. It was named for Peter Stuyvesant's 17th-century home, "White Hall", which had been located nearby. It was converted to apartments in 1999.
One office tenant in the mid 20th century was the Moran Towing Company, operator of a fleet of tugboats. In the days before radio dispatching, a man high in the building would watch with a telescope for incoming ships, and then use a six-foot megaphone to shout instructions to the Moran tugboats docked at the Battery.
The annex, also known as Greater Whitehall, is a 31-story skyscraper located at 26 Washington Street, next door to the Whitehall Building. It was built from 1908 to 1910 as an extension to the Whitehall Building in response to the success of that building. The annex was designed by the architectural firm of Clinton & Russell. At the time of its completion, it was the largest office building in New York City.
The total ground area for the two buildings is 51,515 square feet (4,786 m2) according to a 1910 engineering record. Both were contracted by the George A. Fuller company.
The pair of buildings was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on February 8, 2000.