The Health, Hospitals, and Sanitation Building (formerly NYC Department of Health Building) overlooks Thomas Paine Park and Foley Square, surrounded by the federal, state and city courts of Manhattan’s Civic Center. It’s a restrained Art Deco granite cube, 10 stories high, pierced on the Leonard Street side by a light court above the third floor.
The principal decorations are bronze grillwork and torcheres, and health-themed medallions on the sides of the building by Oscar Bach, whose work also adorns Radio City Music Hall, the Woolworth, Chrysler, and Empire State Buildings – among other landmarks.
The joy is in the details.
Health, Hospitals, and Sanitation Building Vital Statistics
- Location: 125 Worth Street, between Lafayette and Centre Streets
- Year completed: 1935
- Architect: Charles B. Meyers
- Floors: 10
- Style: Art Deco
Health, Hospitals, and Sanitation Building Suggested Reading
- Department of Citywide Administrative Services listing
- Emporis database
- Ephemeral New York blog
- Eating in Translation blog