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Historic Building Preservation - Proposed Description of Work


April 2006 Rehabilitation Strategy at ~35% level

Corbin Building - Elevation

Construction of the Fulton Street Transit Center has the potential to affect several historic buildings in Lower Manharran. Most significant is the Corbin Building, an eight-story office building, designed by Francis H. Kimball in 1888-89 for Austin Corbin, a Long Island Rail Road president. The building features a brick, stone and terra cotta polychromy exterior, and its interior vaulted ceilings employ a Guastavino tile system. In 1889, the Corbin Building was reported to have been the tallest building in New York and its historic importance relates to its survival as an early skyscraper in New York, with both the interior and exterior generally intact.

The Corbin Building, listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, is being integrated into the design of the FSTC in consultation with the SHPO and New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The ground floor and basement level of the Corbin Building will be used as an FSTC entry and passageway, which will provide an opportunity for tens of thousands of subway customers to enjoy this historic resource on a daily basis. In addition to the physical changes on the lower floors, structural and cosmetic improvements will be made throughout to restore this building to its former beauty. The historic fabric will be retained and matching materials and historic construction techniques and methods will be employed to the maximum extent practical.

Other historic structure affected by the project include:

  • 135 William Street (between Fulton St and John St)
  • 150 Fulton Street (between Broadway and Nassau St)
  • 129 Fulton Street (at NE corner of Fulton St and Nassau St)
  • 124 Fulton Street (at SE corner of Fulton St and Nassau St)
  • 130 Fulton Street (at SW corner of Fulton St and Nassau St)

The design of the FSTC will be developed so as to avoid as much as practicable the introduction of visual elements that would diminish the integrity of the significant features of these buildings.


Click images below to view 35% design drawings of Corbin Building renovation
(in PDF format; requires the Acrobat plug in. Click here for details on downloading Acrobat. )

Proposed Corbin Building Entrance Proposed Corbin Building Entrance

Corbin Building Broadway Facade - Proposed Window Replacement Corbin Building Broadway Facade - Proposed Window Replacement

Corbin Building John Street Façade - Proposed Window Replacement Corbin Building John Street Facade - Proposed Window Replacement

New Entrance at 135 William Street New Entrance at 135 William Street

New Entrance at 150 Fulton Street New Entrance at 150 Fulton Street

New ADA Elevator at 129 Fulton Street New ADA Elevator at 129 Fulton Street

Improvements at 124 Fulton Street Entrance Improvements at 124 Fulton Street Entrance

Improvements at 130 Fulton Street (Nassau Street Entrance) Improvements at 130 Fulton Street (Nassau Street Entrance)

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