116 John Street Building

116 John Street Building
  1. About the 116 John Street Building in New York
    1. Building Catalogations
  2. Architect and team
  3. Architectureal style
  4. Spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials

The 116 John Street Building is an Art-deco skyscraper designed by Louis Allen Abramson and built in 1931 in New York, NY.

Its precise street address is 116 John Street, New York, NY. You can also find it on the map here.

The 116 John Street Building is a structure of significant importance both for the city of New York and the United States as a nation. The building embodies the distinctive characteristic features of the time in which it was built and the Art Deco style. Because of that, the 116 John Street Building was officially included in the National Register of Historic Places on June 20th 2014.

The building has been restored 2 times over the years to ensure its conservation and adaptation to the pass of time. The main restoration works happened in 2013 and 2018.

Building's timeline

Construction completed
Added to the NRHP
years ago
  1. 2012 to 2013 - Conversion to residential units. The architect in charge was Howard L. Zimmerman.
  2. 2017 to 2018 - Repair deteriorated terracotta pieces, replacement of some facade bricks.

Architect and team

Louis Allen Abramson was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design.

Louis Allen Abramson was in charge of the architectural design, however, architecture is a complex discipline, which usually involves many professionals from different fields, without whom this building would have not been possible. We will surely be leaving out a lot of names here, but here is a list of the people we do know also played their part in making the 116 John Street Building a reality:

  • Platt Construction Company as the Main Contractor
  • 116 John Street Building as the collaborating Artist

Architectural Style

The 116 John Street Building can be categorized as an Art-deco building.

The Art Deco movement flourished during the 1920s and 1930s, with many historians marking the outbreak of World War II as its final decline. Even though a couple of decades might not seem as much, the Art Deco movement had a great impact on architecture, and it's widely represented in many American cities due to the development boom that happened during that time.

Art Deco marked the abandonment of traditional historicism and the embracement of modern living and the age of the machine. In architecture, that meant leaving behind the ornaments of Beux-Arts and Neo-Gothic buildings and instead favoring simplicity and visual impact through geometric shapes, clean lines, and symmetrical designs. Ornaments were still an important part of the design, but they became bold and lavish, and were often inspired by ancient cultures or industrial imagery, instead of nature.

The 116 John Street Building was completed in 1931, right when the Art Deco movement was at its peak, so it kind of went with the trend at that time.

Spaces & Uses

It has a total of 35 floors.

When it opened its doors to the public in 1931, the 116 John Street Building was primarily used as Commercial space. That however, is no longer the case, and today it mainly provides Residential space.

Materials & Structure

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features terracotta cladding on the first three floors, and light-colored bricks from there on until the top.