Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #52

Surrogate’s Court / Hall of Records

Architect: John Rochester Thomas and Horgan & Slattery
Style: Beaux-Arts
Use: Legal/Government
Opened: 1907
Borough: Manhattan

Now the home of the Municipal Archives, as well as fulfilling its legal function, this magnificent municipal palace represents the City Beautiful movement that sought to add splendor to the basic functions of local government. With a lobby inspired by the Paris Opera and florid detailing on its exterior, the building is no less regal today than in its heyday.


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