Address: 19 West Street
Year of completion: 1931
Architect: Starrett & Van Vleck
with Duncan Hunter
9th floor area: 866m2, 16th floor area: 259m2
The variety of functions in the building is reflected in the different blocks created by the setbacks. The four lowest storeys with public reception rooms and club offices are closest to the lot line and have no windows. Then the building sets back into its largest block with most of the athletic facilities: handball courts, a bowling alley, a pool, locker rooms, etc. The kitchens and the main dining room are found on floors 13 to 15. On floors 20 to 35 were individual hotel-type bedrooms, indicated by smaller, evenly spaced windows on the facade. It is the icon of the ‘culture of congestion’ as defined by Rem Koolhaas in his book Delirious New York.