A 19th Century Candy Store and WWI Fighter Plane Liven Up a Financial District Office Building

Posted On Wed, July 30, 2014 By

Posted On Wed, July 30, 2014 By In Art, Financial District, History

Take a step back in time at 77 Water Street, a 26-story office tower designed by Emery Roth & Sons and built by the William Kaufman Organization. The Financial District building features a WWI fighter plane on its roof and a turn-of-the-century penny candy store in its lobby. Thinking that this tower looks too modern for these curiosities? You’re right; it was erected in 1970.

The William Kaufman Organization wanted to humanize the building and make workers forget they were in an office tower, and to accomplish this they had historic replicas of the plane and candy shop installed. They also added a variety of public art projects throughout the plaza and lobby.

WWI fighter plane, 77 Water Street, British Sopwith Camel, NYC public art, William Kaufman OrganizationImage © Scouting New York

The rooftop fighter plane is a replica of a 1916 British Sopwith Camel, designed by Rudolph de Harak and constructed by sculptor William Tarr. It was assembled on the street in 1969 and then lifted the 26 stories to the roof by crane. It sits on an Astroturf runway with landing lights and a wind sock. The Kaufman Organization thought it would be a much more pleasant sight than air conditioning equipment for taller neighboring buildings to look down on.

77 Water Street, penny candy store, William Kaufman Organization, Financial District office lobbiesImages © Scouting New York

Also a reproduction, the penny candy store is a fully functioning convenience store today (though we’re guessing there’s nothing to buy for one cent). The nostalgic shop features signs for actual old-time brands on its exterior, as well as a striped awning.

77 Water Street, George Adamy, Month of June, NYC public art, modern public benches “Month of June” by George Adamy courtesy of 77 Water Street

In addition to the two quirky replicas, 77 Water Street offers its tenants several displays of public art, including: “Herring-Like Fishes Swimming Upstream” by Pamela Waters, a school of metal fish sitting on a bed of river rocks; “Rejected Skin,” another sculpture by William Tarr; and “Month of June” by George Adamy, a series of playful plaza benches. The building also incorporates natural elements like honey locust trees, streams, and foot bridges. Now, how to convince the boss to make a move to 77 Water…

[Via Scouting New York]

Leading image © Phil Hollenback; Photo of 77 Water Street exterior via New York Architecture 

Tags : , , , , , , , , , ,

Neighborhoods : Financial District

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • In black neighborhoods, 74 percent of Airbnb hosts are white

    In black neighborhoods, 74 percent of Airbnb hosts are white

    Watchdog group Inside Airbnb released a new report, which shows that across 72 predominantly African-American neighborhoods in New York City, 74 ...
  • Steven Holl’s ‘T Space’ is an art gallery tucked away in an Upstate forest

    Steven Holl’s ‘T Space’ is an art gallery tucked away in an Upstate forest

    Though it looks like this cedar cabin is floating above the terrain, the structure actually sits atop nine steel stilts. ...
  • Lavish $65M penthouse unveiled at Robert A.M. Stern’s 70 Vestry

    Lavish $65M penthouse unveiled at Robert A.M. Stern’s 70 Vestry

    After selling the $50 million penthouse at the beginning of the year and celebrating the building’s topping out last month, ...
  • Women’s History Month began in New York in 1909 to honor the city’s garment workers’ strike

    Women’s History Month began in New York in 1909 to honor the city’s garment workers’ strike

    Now celebrated worldwide during the month of March, the observance originated in New York City in 1909 as “Women’s Day,” on ...
  • Jacques Torres opening a chocolate museum; Danny Meyer’s FiDi restaurant will have city’s highest ballroom

    Jacques Torres opening a chocolate museum; Danny Meyer’s FiDi restaurant will have city’s highest ballroom

    Jacques Torres will soon open “Choco-Story New York, The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres” at his Hudson Square ...
  • How to confront your landlord when your apartment is without heat

    How to confront your landlord when your apartment is without heat

    A stiff wind squeezes a draft through the bedroom window. The radiator is ice-cold. The building super says there’s nothing ...
  • How Aaron Burr gave the city a faulty system of wooden water mains

    How Aaron Burr gave the city a faulty system of wooden water mains

    In 2006, construction crews discovered a 13-foot section of the wooden water mains under Beekman Street near the South Street ...
  • Report says having a roommate can save a New York millennial $728/month

    Report says having a roommate can save a New York millennial $728/month

    We tend to think of New York as a hub for millennials living paycheck to paycheck, hindered by a higher-than-average ...
  • Media mogul Adriana Cisneros looks to unload her $7.85M Chelsea townhouse

    Media mogul Adriana Cisneros looks to unload her $7.85M Chelsea townhouse

    This Chelsea townhouse at 332 West 20th Street is being sold off by a power couple: Adriana Cisneros, the CEO ...
  • 139th Street revisited: Bob Dylan’s former townhouse on Striver’s Row for sale for $3.7M

    139th Street revisited: Bob Dylan’s former townhouse on Striver’s Row for sale for $3.7M

    Not only has this landmarked four-story home standing among the rarely available townhouses in Harlem’s Saint Nicholas Historic District–better known as ...
  • Spacious $860K loft is in a Bed-Stuy building known for its quirky apartments

    Spacious $860K loft is in a Bed-Stuy building known for its quirky apartments

    This loft apartment comes from the well-known Brooklyn condo the Chocolate Factory Lofts at 689 Myrtle Avenue. (The building was once, ...
  • Sales launch at Lenny Kravtiz-designed Nolita condo; capturing the historic smells of the Morgan Library

    Sales launch at Lenny Kravtiz-designed Nolita condo; capturing the historic smells of the Morgan Library

    Did you know Pleistocene-era mollusks have been discovered in Manhattan? This interactive map plots every dinosaur fossil found on Earth. ...

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERS

Thank you, your sign-up request was successful!
This email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Please provide a valid email address.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.