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stock exchange project interior

The historical pattern of turning a full block of small lots into a single, or pair of very big buildings�threatened to consume�the south side of Wall Street between Broad and William streets and Exchange Place. �In 2000, the leadership of the New York Stock Exchange pressured the City, then the Giuliani Administration,�to create the conditions for a new home, with a more technologically advanced trading floor and other facilities. �After considering several sites, they settled on the block across Broad Street from the NYSE's address since 1865. The City promised to assist with the site assembly.

stock exchange project interior
courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

The triple-height NYSE "Box" would occupy the full block, covering approximately 78,150 square feet.� The NYSE Box itself was designed to contain 600,000 gross square feet with a custom trading and trading support facility.� The main NYSE lobby was to be entered at Broad Street, where the structure measured 175 feet tall.�The third floor of the Box would house the 50,000 gross square feet, multi-story, column-free trading floor and high-tech services for the trading operations.�

Above the Box, a Class "A" office Tower of approximately 1,300,000 gross square feet and approximately 35-40 floors.� Expanding upwards the openness created by the Box's mezzanines, the Tower is designed with a clear span over the Trading Floors using multi-story steel trusses that transfer the tower loads (gravity and wind) to columns along the perimeter of the Box.� The office Tower will be accessed through a separate lobby directly off Wall Street, the second floor of the Box.

stock exchange project
Unbuilt proposal for a new home for the New York Stock Exchange, with a 51-story, 1.4 million sq. ft. office tower above, 2000.

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP; David Childs, principal architect

The Clarett Group acted as Development Consultant to the City and State of New York for the development of the New York Stock Exchange building and tower, a planned 1.8 million square foot project. Clarett oversaw the design development of the entire project with architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and marketed the office tower component to potential tenants and investors. The project was abandoned following 9/11.


Pre-1850 History of Wall Street
Dutch Origins
New Amsterdam: The Castello Plan
British New York
Early 18th Century
The Slave Market
City Hall
East River Commerce
Fire of 1776
Trinity Churches
Mansions and Banks
Wall Street in 1825
The Great Fire of 1835
Customs House and Merchants Exchange
A Street of Banks
Lowenstrom's Panorama-1850 South
Lowenstrom's Panorama-1850 North
New York in 1850
Fortune 1930
Monuments of Wall Street
Early Photographs of Wall Street
Vertical Wall Street
1 Wall Street
23 and 63 Wall Street
Unbuilt Stock Exchange
14 Wall Street
40 Wall Street
60 Wall Street
120 Wall Street
1928-1931 Towers
East River End
Historical Land Maps