Thursday Doors 27/52

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I’m back to my NYC files for this week’s Thursday Doors.
On our first full day in the city we decided to get a quick education of the lay of the land by taking the Big Bus City Tour. While on the top deck of the bus we passed this door.

Cunard Line Doors

This building is the Cunard Building located in Lower Manhattan. The doors and entrance looked like they were made of gold. I had to get a quick photograph.

I knew nothing about the building or its history so, I looked it up once I returned home to CA.

History gleaned from Wikipedia

The building was designed between 1917 and 1919 and built between 1920 and 1921 by Benjamin Wistar Morris, architect, and Carrère & Hastings, in a consulting role. While the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House already dominated Bowling Green, the Cunard Building was held in high regard almost immediately upon its opening in May 1921.[1] It featured more than 600,000 sq. feet of space in a modified Italian Renaissance style. Its great hall, which itself was more than sixty feet tall, was the home of Cunard Line and Anchor Lines with a number of other tenants throughout the building.[2] While 25 Broadway is considered to be its primary address, it’s also known as 13-27 Broadway, 13-39 Greenwich Street and 1-9 Morris Street. Within the borough of Manhattan it is designated Block 13, Lot 27.[3]

Its time as a ticketing hall ceased in 1968 and the building was sold in 1971. Its interior was converted to a post office, which remained in service until 2000.[4] On September 19, 1995, the first floor interior, formerly Cunard’s ticketing office, was designated a New York City landmark. The designation included the entrance vestibule and lobby, the passage to the Great Hall and the Hall up to the height of its rotunda. [3]

In 2014 the Great Hall became an event venue operated by Cipriani S.A.[5]


Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film

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24 thoughts on “Thursday Doors 27/52

  1. Impressive! You can feel how heavy those doors are just by looking at them — and visually, of course, they’re a retro treat.

  2. Lovely doors – they should have ThursdayDoors tours of cities which stop at interesting doors and let bloggers out to snap pictures, don’t you think?

  3. The color immediately caught my eye – my first thought was, a lot of upkeep:). Great you could find the history on this building. Have a great weekend, Deborah!

    1. Thank you Jesh! I wonder how often they have to polish them? It would be a whole lot of work…er, elbow grease. 🙂

      I’m painting my second piece in acrylic on Sunday with Bottle and Bottega. I hope it comes out as well as my first piece did.

      I hope you have a great week-end too!

    1. Thank you Jill! I enjoy history, and finding interesting history with a door brings more life to it doesn’t it.

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, and visit Jill! Have a lovely week-end! xx

  4. Thanks for the history o this door, Deborah. From the name, I was guessing that is was related to the ocean liners, but it’s nice to read. Also nice to know that it’s being treated nicely today.

    1. When I read the door and saw it said, “Cunard Line”, I thought it might have been a train station being NYC. Nope. 🙂

      I too like that the building is being used and well cared for.

      Thanks so much for the comment Dan!

  5. Gorgeous doors indeed. So I’m guessing brass then? I can only imagine what the vestibule, lobby and great hall must be like, but something tells me that back in the day little expense was spared to impress customers.
    Excellent choice Deborah 🙂

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