St James Building was among the earliest highrise office buildings in the NoMad neighborhood, replacing the St. James Hotel. It is considered among Bruce Price’s most important designs, after Quebec City’s Château Frontenac Hotel.
The St James Building was a favorite home for architects, including Daniel Burnham, Henry Pelton and John Russell Pope – as well as Bruce Price. Remarkably, after more than 115 years the building is still home to dozens of architects.
The steel-framed building follows the traditional base-shaft-capital design; the base and capital are of limestone, with prominent arched windows and bays; the shaft is of brick indented to simulate the deep rusticated joints of stone. Elaborate and massive terra cotta decoration is used throughout.
Architect Bruce Price has another claim to fame: Price invented, patented, and built the parlor bay-window cars for the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Boston and Albany Railroad. (See Wikipedia.)
Historical Note: Washington didn’t sleep here, but Golda Meir worked here in the early ’30s according to “All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities, Second Edition (Empire State Editions).”
St James Building Vital Statistics
- Location: 1133 Broadway at W 26th Street
- Year completed: 1898
- Architect: Bruce Price
- Floors: 16
- Style: Beaux Arts
- New York City Landmark: 2001 (Madison Square North Historic District)
St James Building Recommended Reading
- Wikipedia entry (NoMad district)
- Wikipedia entry (Bruce Price)
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (p. 31)
- The New York Times A Future for Madison Square’s Past (July 15, 2001)
- Emporis database
- Untapped Cities blog ‘Don’t Forget to Look Up!’: The Broadway You Haven’t Seen…Part 3 Union Square to Times Square
- Kew Management (owner) website