Firefighter Dan DeFranco Building, Murray Hill, NYC

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This five story building sits close to the intersection of East 23rd Street and Third Avenue. It’s a rather small project by Kahn and Jacobs, a firm headed Ely Jacques Kahn and responsible for hundreds of buildings across the city. Although perhaps best known for early corporate skyscrapers, they did all types of buildings. Structures like this more modest example were probably fairly lucrative for the firm. The building is occupied by the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the International Association of Firefighters and was renamed for an advocate for firefighter health and safety in 1999. The design is slightly unusual in that instead of a plain glass curtain fall facade, vertical bands of concrete frame windows across the front.

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