|Great Architects of New York: Henry J. Hardenbergh|
|The New Jersey Zinc Co. Building
160 Front Street
New York, N.Y. 10038
West side of Front Street from Maiden Lane to Fletcher Street.
Rental apartments; originally offices for the New Jersey Zinc Company, now part of the Horsehead Corp.
This is almost certainly the last building Henry J. Hardenbergh designed. The New York Times obituary published the day after he died in March 1918 said, "He had just completed the plans for an office building on Maiden Lane for the New Jersey Zinc Company." City records indicate that that there were demolition and new building permits issued for this site in 1917, and that the present building, built for the New Jersey Zinc Company at the corner of Maiden Lane and Front Street, received its first certificate of occupancy in February 1919.
Perhaps not unexpectedly, a 1919 architectural review of the building notes that it was innovative for its use of a new building material all throughout the interior and exterior — zinc!
A livlier building designed by Hardenbergh once stood two blocks south at 136-140 Front Street, from Pine Street to the now-obliterated Depeyster Street. That site is now occupied by a 32-story office tower completed in 1973 known as Wall Street Plaza or 88 Pine Street.
This 1918 building was Hardenbergh's last. Built as offices for the New Jersey Zinc Company, it was converted to rental apartments in 1978.