26 Broadway

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26 Broadway
26 Broadway 004.JPG
General information
Type Office
Location 26 Broadway at Beaver St.
Financial District of
New York City
Construction started 1921
Completed 1928
Owner Newmark Knight Frank
Roof 158.5 m (520 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 31
Lifts/elevators 11
Design and construction
Architect Carrère and Hastings
Shreve, Lamb and Blake
26 Broadway
26 Broadway is located in New York City
26 Broadway
Location in New York City
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Architectural style(s) Neoclassical
Designated May 16, 1995
Reference no. LP-1930
26 Broadway at Emporis

26 Broadway, also known as the Standard Oil Building, is a 31-story, 520-foot-tall (160 m)[1] landmarked office building located at Bowling Green in the Financial District of New York City. As of 2010, the structure is the 197th tallest building in New York City[2] and the 572nd tallest building in the United States.[3] 26 Broadway was also the home address in the late 18th century of Alexander Hamilton, his wife Eliza, and their family.


26 Broadway around 1930

Standard Oil's first building on the site of 26 Broadway was built in 1885 to design specifications by architect Francis H. Kimball, when Standard Oil moved its headquarters from Cleveland, Ohio. It was a 10-story, 86-foot-wide (26 m) building that extended between Broadway and New Street in Manhattan. It was designed by Ebenezer L. Roberts. In 1895, six stories were added and a 27-foot-wide (8.2 m) extension was made on its north side, designed by Kimball & Thompson.[4] After World War I, Walter C. Teagle decided to greatly expand the structure by buying all four neighboring buildings on the block.

The building was extensively overhauled and virtually rebuilt in 1921–28 by Thomas Hastings, the surviving partner of Carrère and Hastings, with Shreve, Lamb and Blake as associate architects.[4] Hastings, who had helped design the Cunard Building (later called the Standard & Poors Building) across the street at 25 Broadway, was chosen as lead architect. The building is unusual in that its lower portion follows the curving contour of Broadway at that point, while its tower is aligned with the other nearby skyscrapers of lower Manhattan. It is one of the first buildings in Manhattan to have setbacks and is topped by a pyramid modeled on the Mausoleum of Maussollos.[5] At the time of completion, the pyramid was the tallest tower at the southern tip of Manhattan and was illuminated as a beacon for ships entering the harbor.

Standard Oil of New Jersey (then called Esso), moved to 75 Rockefeller Plaza in 1946. The Mobil division moved to 150 East 42nd Street in 1954. Standard Oil sold the building in 1956.[4] The building was designated as a New York City landmark in 1995.


Lower portions of the building have been used for museums: the Museum of American Finance from 1988 to 2006, and the Sports Museum of America from 2008 to 2009.[6][7] Current tenants include the JDRF & Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning,[8][9] Dowling College Manhattan and Olo (Online Ordering).[10]


  1. 26 Broadway property listings. Emporis. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  2. NYC Skyscraper Diagram.[dead link] Skyscraperpage.com. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  3. United States Skyscraper Diagram.[dead link] Skyscraperpage.com. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Landmarks Preservation Commission September 19, 1995, Designation List 266
  5. Newmark Knight Frank. Emporis. Retrieved 2010-11-02. Archived April 30, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Sandomir, Richard (May 7, 2008). "An afternoon at the (New Sports) Museum". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Museum of American Finance Moving to Wall Street" (PDF). November 11, 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-11-23. Retrieved 2010-11-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Bird’s-eye view of NYC for Architecture, Art and Planning Cornell University Press Office; By Daniel Aloi April 9, 2015
  9. Contact JDRF
  10. [1]


  • Ossman, Laurie; Ewing, Heather (2011). Carrère and Hastings, The Masterworks. Rizzoli USA. ISBN 9780847835645

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