Volume 19 Issue 53 | May 18 -24, 2007

Nassau building landmarked

The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated 63 Nassau St., a 19th century building with a cast-iron front designed by James Bogardus, as a New York City Landmark. The building between Maiden La. and John St. is only one of five surviving Bogardus buildings in the U.S., of which four are New York City landmarks. “It’s one of the oldest surviving cast-iron-fronted buildings in the city and our unanimous vote today ensures its preservation for future generations,” said Robert Tierney, Landmarks Preservation Commissioner at the May 15 designation. The five-story building dates from 1844 and the cast-iron front was added shortly after 1856.

Margot Gayle, a founding member of Friends of Cast Iron Architecture who celebrated her 99th birthday on May 14, originally identified the cast-iron front as the work of Bogardus, a pioneer in cast-iron architecture. Gayle was a special guest of the commission at the designation.

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