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Engineers' Club Building Voted Midtown's Newest Landmark

By DNAinfo Staff on March 22, 2011 6:46pm

Midtown's Engineers’ Club Building, one of the city's new landmarks.
Midtown's Engineers’ Club Building, one of the city's new landmarks.
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Courtesy of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

By Jill Colvin

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN — The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted Tuesday to designate the Engineers' Club building as Midtown's newest landmark.

The tall, narrow Renaissance Revival building at 32 W. 40th St. was built in 1907 to house the Engineers' Club — the country's first social organization for those working in the field, according to the commission. The club's members have included Andrew Carnegie, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Edison and Charles Lindbergh.

The designation was made as part of the commission's annual "Spring Designation Day," which extended landmark status to more than 1,000 sites across the city.

The 12-story apartment building, which faces Bryant Park between Fifth and Sixth avenues, features white marble, molded windows and an ornate cornice.

"The club building today looks almost exactly as it did more than a century ago, and stands as an architectural reminder of the emergence of New York state as the engineering center of the nation," Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said.