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The Sun: 1914

The Sun: 1914

The Sun newspaper building on New York's Park Row circa 1914. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, Geo. Grantham Bain Collection. Who can ID the cross street?


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Sun on Park Row

According to this article, the Sun was located at 170 Nassau Street from 1868 to 1915. That would mean that this is a photograph of the back of the building, on Park Row. Frankfort Street slopes down to the left.

Necropost...oh well.

Here is a photo of the Tribune Building and it's its shorter neighbor to it's its lower left, the Sun Building. The detail photo also frames the two buildings in the same fashion so that the architectural details may be more easily compared. Companies seen in the windows of the Tribune Building like W.H.H. Hull & Co., S.C. Beckwith Special Agency, and Clarke Brothers Bankers had addresses on 154 Nassau St, which was directly past Park Row, from where this picture was taken. If Park Row can be called the front entrance to these buildings, Nassau street would have been the back entrance.

Note also that the cross street to the left of the Sun Building slopes downward; that is to say that there is an apparent decline to the street. There are very few streets in lower Manhattan that are not flat and level and have an angle to them; Spruce Street (now running alongside Pace University) still has this slight decline and you head towards Gold St and what is now New York Downtown Hospital.

Actually the World Bldg is

Actually the World Bldg is the one to our left (you can see the name above the arc window above the CIGARS sign. And the road is Park Row.

On the right...

I see an office for "International Correspondence Schools"! this the original location for the place whose advertising adorned every second matchbook cover in the 20th century? Who could resist such come-ons as: "Make big money in accounting," "Learn RADIO at home!" or...."Be a drawbridge oiler!"? (Okay, I admit I cribbed that last example from a satire in an old issue of National Lampoon.)

Actually four newspapers…

There appears to be a bureau for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat on the right.

S.C. Beckwith and cross street info

S.C. Beckwith, the original president of the "S.C. Beckworth Special Agency" seen in the extreme upper right corner of the photo, died from injuries received when the 20th Century Limited crashed near Mentor, Ohio, on June 21, 1905. Mr. Beckwith was carrying $32,000 worth of jewels that at first were thought stolen from the wreckage. (article from The New York Times archive.) The Special Agency was an advertising agency that was headquartered in the Tribune building at the time of Beckworth’s death (and at the time of this photo). He was in business with his brothers (unnamed in another archive article), who presumably were running the agency in 1914.

Also, the Sun building (later called the World building) and the Tribune building were torn down in 1955 for expanded auto entrance ramps for the Brooklyn Bridge. They were located across from the New York City Hall.

A fourth newspaper?

On the window (on the far right) third floor, is the St. Louis Globe Democrat.

Three Newspapers

There are three newspapers actually named in this photo. Besides The Sun, there is a wagon for the Evening World ("A Complete Novel Each Week By A Famous Author") in front of the building with the Cigar Store. Then above the semicircular window on that same building but below the "Mortgage and Loan" window is a window for the Brooklyn Eagle. Actually, if you look carefully just under the ledge below the Brooklyn Eagle window, you see word "World" on the left side of that round bit that sticks out, and the word "The" on the right side. Could this have been the offices of the New York World at the time?

The original New York Sun published from 1833 until it merged with the World-Telegram in 1950. The New York World published from 1860 to 1930 when it was sold by the heirs of Joseph Pulitzer (who died in 1911) to the Scripps-Howard group who merged it with their Evening Telegram in 1931. The original Brooklyn Eagle was published from 1831 to 1955. Today there are modern versions of both the Sun (a Conservative alternative to the New York Times) and the Eagle.

The Sun Building

According to a 9/25/1914 article in The New York Times, the building was at Park Row and Frankfort Street. It was torn down shortly later and The Sun moved to a location on Broadway.

I think it was Frankfort St.

I think it was Frankfort St. 41 Park Row is at the corner of Spruce right now, and it was the home of the NY Times. This site also indicates that the Sun was at Frankfort and Nassau in the 1800s:

S.E. Beckwith was located at 63 Park Row, and the NY Correspondents Club also was located there. The president of the NYCC? Worked for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

I used to work in 41 Park Row (now Pace U.).

The Sun

Is that the newspaper that merged with the World Telegram?


Judging by the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, my guess is this has to be Spruce Street. These building have been torn down now. The cigars are gone, instead we have Pace University.

Cross street

Chambers St?

Must be 1914

The delivery vans a announcing a feature of "A Business Day with President Wilson" in next Sunday's Sun on March 15th. For March 15th the be on a Sunday during Wilson's Presidency, this photo was probably taken between March 9th and March 14th, 1914.


I'm going to say Beekman, but I don't think that's right.

Where is this place?

I'm pretty sure that both the building on the left and right have been demolished and replaced, partly as a result of the construction of new ramps to the Brooklyn Bridge in the 1950s and 1960s. My guess is that Spruce Street is the cross-street in this picture.

Street ID

Pearl Street? All Pace University now.

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