90 West Street, New York

Cass Gilbert
Date Built
Completed 1907
90 West Street
The "preserve.org" website for the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission has an entry about the history of 90 West.  It says that, "...  The West Street Building, one of three major Downtown office buildings designed by Cass Gilbert, was built in 1905-07 for the West Street Improvement Corporation, a partnership headed by Howard Carroll. Carroll was president of two asphalt companies and vice-president of his father-in-law's Starin Transportation Company, which had major river shipping interests. .... the building soon filled up with tenants including major companies in the transportation industry. The building's top floor was occupied by 'The Garret Restaurant,' which advertised itself as the highest restaurant in New York and boasted of its panoramic river and city views."

The building was severely damaged following the collapse of the adjacent World Trade Centre in 2001. It was subsequently refurbished extensively and it reopened as a residential building called 90 West in 2005.


The sculpture shown in the image at the top of this page is located in Liberty Park adjacent to 90 West Street.  It is entitled The Sphere a 25-foot high, cast bronze sculpture by German artist Fritz Koenig. It was originally located at the Austin J. Tobin Plaza and was recovered from the rubble, visibly damaged but largely intact, after the collapse of the Twin Towers.  The image below shows The Sphere following the disaster.

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