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    NYC Aficionado from Oz Merry's Avatar
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    Default Bleecker Tower - formerly Manhattan Savings Institution

    I discovered this wonderful building after reading the latest offering from the always fantastic mine of information, ForgottenNY.

    It's such a gorgeous building.

    Bleecker Tower, formerly Manhattan Savings Institution
    Built: 1889-90
    Architect: Stephen Decatur Hatch (more gorgeous buildings); another one; Demolished
    Location: 644-646 Broadway, north-east corner Bleecker Street
    Landmark status: Within the Noho and Noho East Historic Districts, designated 2000 and 2003 respectively; Landmarks Preservation Commission

    AIA Guide to New York City says:

    A great rock-cut brownstone, terra-cotta, and brick heap (with cast iron trim) finally recognized for its quality - and restored - after many years of neglect. Check out the cast-iron and marble floor system exposed on the underside in both the lobby and the corner store.
    From the ForgottenNY page:

    From Emporis:

    From New York Daily Photo blog:

    This rock-cut brownstone, terra-cotta and brick structure was built in 1889 for the Manhattan Savings Institution (hence the monogram "MSI" at the top) and designed by Stephen D. Hatch. The building was in serious disrepair after years of neglect and in 1987 there was a complete restoration and conversion to residential loft apartments (known as the Bleecker Tower), already fetching millions of dollars in the late 1990s. It is alternately called the Atrium Building (not to be confused with The Atrium at 160 Bleecker), after clothing retailer Atrium who now occupies the ground floor.

    From firecomet at Flickr:

    From Alan Cordova at Flickr:

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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    The old marble-lined bank space (now occupied by a clothing store called "Atrium") was a terrific little restaurant called "Blue Willow" back in the 80s (plus there was a club downstairs in the vaults).

    From the NY Times back in 1995:

    Habitats: 644 Broadway;From SoHo to NoHo, Adventures in the Rag Trade

    Last spring I was passing by as the sun was setting, which nearly set the bricks here ablaze -- so I did what I often do: Took too many photos ...

    Here's a batch:

    644 Broadway

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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    Just to the east of this one at 65-69 Bleecker is the only building in NYC designed by Louis Sullivan: The Bayard-Condict Building. It has a facade of gorgeous cream-colored terra cotta and a recently restored lobby that is definitely worth a visit.

    Good photos at Flickr by Paris2e: Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

    Paris2e also wrote about the Bayard-Condict on his blog: A Chicagoan in New York

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    A rich variety of store & loft buildings on the stretch of Broadway from Houston St to Waverly Pl. Had to wait until 1999 before safely within the NOHO historic District, remarkably intact.

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