Downtown Athletic Club

19 West Street ≫ Starrett & Van Vleck, 1930


THE EXTREMELY tall and narrow, 35-story, 534-foot-tall Downtown Athletic Club is the apotheosis of the Art Deco skyscraper aesthetic, because each floor is devoted to a different function. A regulation boxing ring takes up most of the eighteenth floor; there is a full-court basketball gym on eight; a four-lane, Olympic-sized pool on 12, and a rooftop sun deck with panoramic views in three directions. In its heyday, the club even featured a landscaped indoor miniature golf course. As Rem Koolhaas writes in his indispensable Delirious New York, “nature is now resurrected inside the Skyscraper as merely one of its infinite layers.”


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