Volume 22, Number 36 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | January 15 - 21, 2010

Buffalo style Italian Renaissance

Tribeca got a new landmark this week: 311 Broadway, a five-story Italian Renaissance-style building.

“This building recalls not only mid-19th century New York City, but also early 16th-century Rome and Florence,” Bob Tierney, chairperson of the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s one of the few remaining palazzo-style buildings on Broadway in Lower Manhattan.”

Built in 1857, the building between Duane and Thomas Sts. was once located in the center of New York’s textile district. William Waldorf Astor bought the building in 1887 and subsequent tenants included L.C. Smith & Brothers Typewriter Company, David T. Abercrombie Company and Hagstrom Company, Inc., the mapmaker, which bought the building in 1948.

An L.P.C. report noted the building’s detailed stonework as particularly worth preserving. The architect is unknown. The ground floor is occupied by Atomic Wings restaurant and a Super Value closeout store, with apartments above.

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