17 State Street

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17 State Street
17 State Street, Downtown - panoramio crop.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style modernism
Location 17 State Street,
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°42′10″N 74°00′51″W / 40.702795°N 74.014120°W / 40.702795; -74.014120Coordinates: 40°42′10″N 74°00′51″W / 40.702795°N 74.014120°W / 40.702795; -74.014120
Completed 1988
Owner RFR Holding
Management RFR Realty
Roof 165 m (541 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 42
Floor area 540,000 sq ft (50,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Roy Gee (Emery Roth & Sons)
Structural engineer DeSimone Consulting Engineers

17 State Street is a 42-story office building located in the Financial District of Manhattan, overlooking State Street and Battery Park. It was designed by Roy Gee for Emery Roth and Sons for developers William Kaufman Organization, and it is most noted for its distinct curved glass facade.[4] The building has been owned by RFR Holding since 1999 when it was acquired from Savannah Teachers Properties Inc. for $120 million.[5]

17 State Street was affected by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, primarily by water damage to electrical equipment in the building's basement. For that reason, the building was closed for repairs for approximately two weeks and was one of the earliest office buildings in the Financial District to be reoccupied after the storm.[6]


In 1988, architecture critic Paul Goldberg, said "this is not a great building, but it is one of the few truly happy intersections of the realities of New York commercial development and serious architectural aspirations".[7]

Later, in 2008, Architecture critic Carter B. Horsley has referred to it as “the city’s most beautiful curved building”, competing with Jean Nouvel’s faceted 100 Eleventh Avenue, Philip Johnson’s Lipstick Building, and pre-war masterpieces such as 1 Wall Street Court (formerly the Cocoa Exchange) and the nearby Delmonico Building.[8]



  1. ^ 17 State Street at Emporis
  2. ^ "17 State Street". SkyscraperPage.
  3. ^ 17 State Street at Structurae
  4. ^ Wall, Diana diZerega; Cantwell, Anne-Marie (2008). Touring Gotham's Archaeological Past. Yale University Press. p. 27. ISBN 0300137893.
  5. ^ Webb, Bailey (February 1, 2000). "Office Beat". National Real Estate Investor. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Geiger, Daniel (November 5, 2013). "Ill-fated 17 State St. soars anew". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Goldberger, Paul (July 17, 1988). "Architecture View: At 17 State Street, High Tech Passes Into the Vernacular". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Horsley, Carter B. (February 2008). "Details: Softening the Edges of the City:: Curved Buildings". The City Review. Retrieved February 14, 2016.

Further reading

  • McCain, Mark (July 9, 1989). "Security Systems; The New Watchmen: TV Monitors and Computers". The New York Times. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  • McCain, Mark (December 11, 1988). "Empty Offices; Pegging Rents High, and Waiting for 'Right Tenants'". The New York Times. Retrieved September 4, 2009.

External links

  • RFR's official website
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