60 Hudson Street Building

60 Hudson Street Building
  1. About the 60 Hudson Street Building in New York
    1. Building Catalogations
  2. Architect and team
  3. Architectureal style
  4. Spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials

The 60 Hudson Street Building is an Art-deco skyscraper designed by Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker and built between 1928 and 1930 in New York, NY.

60 Hudson Street Building is not the only name you might know this building by though. Between 1930 and 1983 it was also known as Western Union Building.

Its precise street address is 60 Hudson Street, New York, NY. You can also find it on the map here.

The 60 Hudson 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 60 Hudson Street Building was officially included in the New York Register of Historic Places on October 1st 1991.

Building's timeline

Construction begins
Construction completed
Added to the New York RHP
years ago

Architect and team

Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design.

Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker 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 at the very least we know that there was one other part involved, that was Newcomb Carlton as the Main Developer.

Architectural Style

The 60 Hudson 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 60 Hudson Street Building was completed in 1930, right when the Art Deco movement was at its peak, so it kind of went with the trend at that time.

Spaces & Uses

The 60 Hudson Street Building reaches an architectural height of 371ft (113m). It has a total of 24 floors. In total, it has a built-up area of 1,040,482 sqf (96,664m2) offering 729,039 sqf (67,730m2) of usable space.

Ever since opening its doors to the public in 1930, the 60 Hudson Street Building has mainly been used as Commercial space.

371ft (113m)

Materials & Structure

The 60 Hudson Street Building uses a frame structure made of steel columns and concrete slabs.

A frame structure uses a combination of beams and columns to sustain the building's weight. The walls in this case are non-load bearing, which allows for more flexibility when distributing the interior spaces.

The facade is non-load bearing either, as it is common in frame structure type buildings.

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features 19 different tones of red bricks, going from the darker on the lower floors to the lighter on the higher ones. This helps give theb uilding the apearance of being taller. This same bricks from a barrel vault at the building's entrance.

Other materials found at the 60 Hudson Street Building include, bronze, used in friezes windows frames, doorways and ventilation grates, glass, found in the galzed windows on the mains doors, and granite, used in three different tones to create geometric figures on the floors.


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