The Village Voice Building Didn’t Always Look This Good

The Village Voice Building Didn’t Always Look This Good
Fire at 36 Coopper Square, courtesy Museum of the City of New York

We were very excited yesterday to receive the Museum of the City of New York’s announcement that they had expanded their online photo collection by over 10,000 images. But we were even more captivated when we came across their shocking ca. 1905 photos of a fire at 36 Cooper Square (built in 1894 as a warehouse and now the headquarters of the Village Voice) in the NoHo Historic District. Do any readers have information about this fire?

Fire at 36 Cooper Square, courtesy Museum of the City of New York

The same view today

Image courtesy Museum of the City of New York

The same view today

Image courtesy Museum of the City of New York

Image courtesy Museum of the City of New York

The cast-iron frame held up well through what looks to have been a very devastating blow. Looking at the building today, one would never know!

36 Cooper Square today

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Elizabeth Finkelstein was GVSHP's Director of Preservation & Research from Summer 2008 to January 2012.

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One comment on “The Village Voice Building Didn’t Always Look This Good
  1. Elizabeth John says:

    I don’t have any more information, but I wonder why the building looks like it is melting. Is that after the water melted from trying to put out the fire?

    Amazing shots!

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