ARCHITECTURE of the Battery Maritime Building

Designed by Walker & Morris, the Battery Maritme Building is constructed of cast and wrought iron. Its elaborate exterior materials include structural steel, cast iron, copper, stucco and ceramic tiles in vibrant colors. The former passenger waiting hall on the second floor features unique plaster finishes, large cast iron columns, and dramatic lead-patterned glass windows. It is 30 feet high and encircled by 21,775 square feet of support space.

Its many unique architectural assets include nearly 8,800 elements of cast iron, riveted rolled steel plates and angles, sheet copper ornamentations, ceramic tile and stucco paneled walls, and a copper panel mansard roof system. During the previous restoration work, a new 2,800-square foot skylight was added, and the Guastavino tile vault on the ceiling of the second floor loggia deck at the front of the building was restored.

The BMB, a twin to the original Whitehall Terminal before that building was destroyed by fire in 1991, was a hub that connected harbor travelers to the Third and Ninth Avenue elevated subway lines at South Ferry.

Its designers were equally focused on practicality and beauty, taking full advantage of the building's majestic location. Its Great Hall, a 34-feet-tall, 8,500-square-foot waiting area on the second floor, gave commuters loads of natural light from an enormous stained-glass skylight along with stunning views of the harbor through towering window walls. Visitors could also take in fresh air from the roof deck, belvedere, and perimeter veranda before boarding their trains and ferries.

Follow the link below for details on the restoration of BMB's Guastavino tiles.

Guastavino