Walk 1: Battery Park and Bowling Green


The harbor is the key to the creation of New York City. Here on the site of the city's first buildings we study the role of the port from the founding of New York up to World War I. We also discuss the message a building can communicate by its elaboration of detail. As there is no remaining building of the early colony, we begin here speaking about the layers of growth in New York City through the present. The urban role of lower Manhattan is now changing as office buildings are given a residential and/or technology-oriented character.

United States Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, Cass Gilbert, [1899-1907]
Bowling Green Park [17th century]
Broadway [17th century]
Cunard Building, 25 Broadway, Benjamin Wistar Morris [1921]
Standard Oil Building, 26 Broadway, Carrere & Hastings and Shreve, Lamb & Blake [1922]
Bowling Green Subway Kiosk, Heins & Lafarge [1904-5]
Battery Park [17th century]
Castle Clinton Battery Park, John McComb Jr. [1807-11]
Immigration Center, Ellis Island, Boring & Tilton [1900]
Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi (sculptor), Richard Morris Hunt (architect of base) and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (engineer) [1874-1886]
Governor's Island

Related links:
-Castle Clinton Homepage
-Ellis Island Immigration Museum
-National Park Service Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Page

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