Daily News Building

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

The Daily News Building is an Art-deco skyscraper designed by Howells & Hood and built between 1928 and 1930 in New York, NY.

Daily News Building is not the only name you might know this building by though. The building is, or has also been known as The News Building.

Its precise street address is 220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY. You can also find it on the map here.

The Daily News 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 Daily News Building was officially declared as a national landmark on June 29th 1989, and was also included in the New York Register of Historic Places on July 28th 1981.

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 1960 and 1967.

Building's timeline

Construction begins
Construction completed
Added to the New York RHP
Declared NL
years ago
  1. 1957 to 1960 - Extension. The architect in charge was Harrison & Abramovitz.

Architect and team

Howells & Hood was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design. But there was also one other architect involved, as far as we know. We are talking about John Mead Howells.

Howells & Hood was a prominent American architectural firm founded by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. The partnership between these two architects left a lasting legacy in the world of skyscraper design during the early 20th century.

Unlike other firms at the time, which would limit their area of influence to a single city or state, Howells & Hood’s buildings can be found in multiple locations, from New York to Chicago.

They are particularly known for their innovative approach to skyscraper design, and their role in this typology progressing from the neogothic and neoclassical to the more modern art-deco style.

Howells Hood

Howells & Hood and the other architects already mentioned were 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 Daily News Building a reality:

  • Lockwood Greene & Company in charge of Structural Engineering
  • Josepy Medill Patterson as the Main Developer
  • René Chambellan as the collaborating Artist

Architectural Style

The Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News Building reaches an architectural height of 476ft (145m), 476ft (145m) if you count the antenna. It has a total of 36 floors, which combined offer a total of 1,009,654 sqf (93,800m2) of usable space.

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

476ft (145m)
476ft (145m)

Materials & Structure

The Daily News 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 white bricks with multicolored reddish bricks spandrels, which emphathise the building's height. The lower 3 levels are cladded with limesone.

Other materials found at the Daily News Building include, plished granite, can be seen surrounding the main entrance, bronze, in fifferents ornamentation, black glass, used in the ceiling dome over the rotating world globe, and colored marble, was used in the floors.


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  • s-media.nyc.gov