40 Stories of Beaux-Arts Style
The building is typical Beaux-Arts style construction and its construction in 1907 coincidentally coincided with the end of the City Beautiful movement. It is a 40-storey massive building rising almost uniformly up from its base with only a short 10-storey tower capping the central span, centered on Chambers street. At the base is a large arch, inspired by the Arch of Constantine in Rome that originally allowed traffic to pass through, before Chambers Street was shortened. A colonnade of Corinthian columns flanks the sides of the arch.