Equitable Building

Equitable Building (HMVSL)

Location: New York, NY 10005 New York County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 42.486', W 74° 0.588'

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120 Broadway,
Graham, Anderson, Probst and White Architects, 1912-15

— Exploring Lower Manhattan —

Vast, looming and dark by comparison to all previous skyscrapers, on completion the Equitable Building could claim the title of, if not the tallest, then certainly the largest office building in the world.

Successful life insurance companies like Equitable, with large amounts of capital at their disposal, emerged as among the first and most important builders of skyscrapers. The first Equitable headquarters, also built on this site (1868-70), has been reckoned the first American skyscraper.

Its successor, in its day both the largest office building and the heaviest structure on earth, could accommodate over 12,000 people, far more than could fit in the surrounding streets. Builder Louis Horowitz wrote that, on completion, its 1,200,000 square feet of space "seemed almost like a new continent, so vast and vacant were its many floors."
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HM NumberHMVSL
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Placed ByThe Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 11:52am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 583644 N 4506825
Decimal Degrees40.70810000, -74.00980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.486', W 74° 0.588'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 29.16" N, 74° 0' 35.28" W
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Area Code(s)212, 646, 917, 347, 718
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 Nassau St, New York NY 10005, US
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