Virtual Building on Read Street

I was walking down Read Street the other day and came across this structure holding up the side of a building. I love these frames that you find more frequently these days all over the city.  As a bit of historic trivia the tall building in the background (270 Broadway which is located on the Southwest corner of Chambers & Broadway) was the original headquarters of the Manhattan Project.  This location was chosen because of the high people traffic and the assumption was that it would draw little attention to all the people coming and going to it and it was also the Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division.  The location was also the reason it became known as the Manhattan Project.  Originally the Army Corps established the Manhattan District as a camouflage, thought it was not just a name.  Much of the early work leading to the development of the atomic bomb occurred in Manhattan.  The first batch of uranium purchased for the project was stored in the twenties on the West Side of Manhattan and there are still traces of radioactivity in that area, although it was cleaned up in the 90’s. An other buildings in the neighborhood that was used for the Manhattan Project was the Woolworth Building and it was where the company established to buy the uranium was located and where Soviet Spy Klaus Fuchs worked.  There is a great article in the NY Times from October 30, 2007  which goes into lots of detail and has a very good interactive map of places in Manhattan where activity happened.


About studiokiss

I am an architect interested in creative ideas from divers sources. Through my professional practice, Studio Kiss, I work on commercial and residential projects. I am also the founder of ASAP•house a manufacturer of modern prefab houses.


  1. I really like assembling utile info, this post has got me even more info! .

  2. alfred beilin

    if anyones on here today all the best have a gud new year
    alf beilin

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