Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, New York, New York. Constructed 1932-1936. Architect: Cass Gilbert.
Cass Gilbert Commissioned to Design Foley Square Courthouse
In 1931 Cass Gilbert (1850-1934) was commissioned to design a new federal courthouse at Foley Square in New York City. His earlier works, including New York’s 1907 U.S. Custom House at Bowling Green, were primarily of the Beaux Arts tradition. Later designs embraced the revival of Neoclassicism, a more restrained style.
Construction of the courthouse began in July 1932 and lasted three and one-half years. One of Gilbert’s last great works, it was among the first federal skyscrapers ever constructed. The design, combining an elegant square tower with a six-story base, met the substantial space requirements of the courts without visually overwhelming the nearby buildings.
Visit the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, New York, NY