In contrast to the American Surety Building, where height is minimized by
the subdivision of its facade, the design of the Irving Trust building
has an insistent verticality which emphasizes its tall form. This set
back skyscraper is modeled as if it was chiselled out of a single piece of
stone and it is a good example of the Art Deco style popular in the U.S.
in the 1920s and 1930s.
The building's pointed windows echo the Gothic details of Trinity Church
across the street,
and its Art Deco interior is one of the finest in New York City.