The Downtown Athletic Club (20 West Street)

The Downtown Athletic Club (20 West Street)

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This Is a Model Of The Downtown Athletic Club. Which was a private social club and athletic club in a 35-story building located at 19 West Street, (now 20 West Street) in Lower Manhattan. The Club was founded in 1926. By 1927, it had purchased this site next to the Hudson River to construct its own building. It was completed in 1930. The high cost of land necessitated a tall building, and the relatively small lot size dictated that the different functions and facilities of the club, including swimming pool, gymnasium, miniature golf course, squash, and tennis courts, as well as dining rooms and living quarters, be accommodated on separate floors. The building was designed in a classic Art Deco décor. It has been designated as a landmark in New York, ensuring the building's unique architectural legacy. It was most famous for its annual awarding of the Heisman Trophy in its building, given every year to the most outstanding college football player. The club was less than half a mile south of the World Trade Center and closed after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The club never reopened, and declared bankruptcy in 2002. The 45-story building is now a residential tower named "The Downtown Club" which opened in 2005. The Downtown Athletic Club clubhouse was not physically damaged in the attack on 9/11/01. But it was located within the "frozen zone" from which the public was excluded for an extended period during the clean-up after the attack…Enjoy!
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