100 Trinity Place, Lower Manhattan, NYC

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There is always something new to see in Lower Manhattan, especially with the constant construction. I recently “discovered” 100 Trinity Place, now the High School of Economics and Finance. But looking closely, the shadow of the building’s previous owner, NYU, is still visible on the facade.

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This was built as NYU’s Graduate School of Business Administration and opened on January 27, 1960, according to The New York Times. It was designed by the prolific firm of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Previously the graduate school had been next door at 90 Trinity in an 1870s, four-story building that was originally the Trinity School. Just a year after completing the 100 Trinity Place building, NYU noted that they wanted to replace 90 Trinity as well. And by 1969, a new 14 story building also designed by SOM and specifically architect Roy Allen, was in the works. It opened in the early 1970s in a stripped-down corporate style.

100 Trinity is a relatively unrelieved design with few windows and a flat gray brick cladding. The street wall is enlivened by a yellow brick wall at street level topped by clerestory windows.

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