You’d think that the Roosevelt Building would be a NYC landmark, since it was actually in the Roosevelt family, had a famous movie studio tenant, and exceptional architecture. But it isn’t. Yet?
Teddy Roosevelt’s grandfather, Cornelius, owned the land under this building until his death in 1871. His heirs built the building as the neighborhood changed from residential to commercial. For a time, the structure was known as the Hackett Carhart Building, for a major tenant.
While most of the early tenants – including Hackett Carhart – were men’s wear manufacturers, Biograph Studios also had space here, and a revolving (to follow the sun) studio on the roof. This is where director D.W. Griffith got his start.
Roosevelt Building Vital Statistics
- Location: 841 Broadway at E 13th Street
- Year completed: 1894
- Architect: Stephen D. Hatch
- Floors: 8
- Style: Romanesque Revival
Roosevelt Building Suggested Reading
- Wikipedia entry (Biograph Studios, an early tennant)
- Wikimedia Commons photo
- Emporis database
- Wired New York forum
- Daytonian in Manhattan blog
- The Feil Organization (owner/manager) website