195 Broadway is a 29-story, landmarked tower at the corner of Fulton and Dey Streets in lower Manhattan. Owner L&L Holding Company recently earned a 2008 Energy Star Award from EPA for the 1 million-square-foot building, which was built in 1916, and was home to AT&T until the company moved to Midtown in 1983. The Energy Star label denotes that 195 Broadway is using 35 percent less energy than a comparable structure.
Designed by William Welles Bosworth, the neo-classical tower was built in three phases between 1912 and 1923. AT&T actually asked Bosworth to design a structure that “imparts a sense of solidity, permanence, and enduring quality.” As you can see, the architecture is a direct reference to the ancient Greeks and Romans; 50 Doric columns line the lobby and all 183 exterior columns and walls were built with Vermont granite. The building also, allegedly, contains the most marble of any building in New York City. CB Richard Ellis is 195 Broadway’s exclusive leasing agent and L&L reports that the tower is currently 100 percent occupied.
As you’ll recall from previous posts where we’ve discussed Enery Star Award winners, in order to participate in Energy Star, eligible commercial buildings must earn a score of 75 on a scale of 1-100 that’s relative to other buildings in the U.S. The comparison is made to a statistical model of building energy use that’s compiled every four years by the Department of Energy. An Energy Star building with a rating of 75 performs better than 75 percent of its peer buildings as determined by the survey. Applications are submitted online and require supporting building and energy use information. Energy Star ratings are awarded each year and EPA periodically reviews labeled buildings in order to ensure performance.