About Bank of New York Building
1 Wall Street, originally the Irving Trust Company Building, then the Bank of New York Building (after 1988), and now the BNY Mellon Building (after 2007), was variously a bank headquarters building and remains one of the finest Art-Deco-style skyscrapers in Manhattan's financial district. It is located in the Financial District of Manhattan and is on the prominent corner of Wall Street and Broadway. The was site previously occupied by the eighteen-story Manhattan Life Insurance Building (1893-4), which was the title-holder as the tallest building in the world from 1894 until 1899. Architect Ralph Walker conceived his zig-zag Art Deco skyscraper for the Irving Trust Company as a "curtain wall", not the typical sheet of glass hanging from a steel cage, but a limestone wall rippling like a curtain descending on a Broadway stage. Because of the curves in the wall, the bank does not completely occupy its full building lot, and by law unoccupied and unmarked land reverts to the public.