Built in 1915
, the Equitable
Building (at 120 Broadway
) replaced a prior edifice
of the same name. Designed by architect Ernest R. Graham
for the Equitable Life Insurance
company, the building stood at over 40 stories
tall and contained 1.2 million square feet
of interior space (on a plot
size of roughly 30,000 sq. ft.), causing much distress
to its neighbors as it case a large, seven
shadow over the surrounding lands.
It was because of this building the New York City instituted the first zoning ordinance with respect to the heights of skyscrapers; in fact, it remained the city's largest office building (based on internal square footage) until the Empire State Building was constructed in 1931.
The building fills an entire city block, rising in two masses above the base and connected by a central wing for the building's whole height; from above it appears as a giant 'H'.
Still in use, quite a few companies (including the office New York State Attorney General) occupy this amazing building, most using the entrance to the Wall Street subway entrance located conveniently in the basement.