George Adamy

Art, Financial District, History

77 Water Street, William Tarr, WWI fighter plane, British Sopwith Camel, William Kaufman Organization

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.

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