Thursday, December 28, 2006

Manhattan Municipal Building

This is the Manhattan Municipal Building that is located on the intersection of Centre and Chambers Streets in Lower Manhattan. The structure, completed in 1915 in the Beaux Arts style, has 40 floors and is 580 feet (177 meters) tall. The building was the first ever constructed to include a subway station underneath it. Currently, the Manhattan Municipal Building and the City Hall building next door are transfer stations for the following subway lines: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, A, C, E, J, M, and W.

The Beaux Arts architecture is a classic architectural style that originated in Paris, France around 1885 to 1920. The basic characteristics of Beaux Arts style include symmetry in design, grand entrances and staircases with figurines and garlands bordering the structures.