About American Tract Society Building
The American Tract Society Building is located at 150 Nassau Street in the Civic Center area of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the American Tract Society Building as a landmark on 01999-06-15 June 15, 1999. The building was constructed from 1894 - 1895 and is one of the earliest examples of steel-frame skyscrapers in Manhattan. It was designed by the architect R. H. Robertson for the American Tract Society, a publisher of religious literature. The twenty story building has a richly textured exterior made of granite, brick and terra-cotta materials, and Romanesque and Renaissance inspired elements. The most notable feature of the building is its picturesque roof tower adorned with winged caryatids. The American Tract Society, founded in 1825 to publish and distribute religious tracts and literature, building on this sit that same year. The society soon grew to become one of the largest American publishers prior to the Civil War.