Tuesday, August 21, 2007
When I was downtown last weekend I took this picture of the former “Tweed Courthouse” on Chambers Street in Manhattan. Here is some history:
The Old New York County Courthouse, better known as Tweed Courthouse, is architecturally one of New York's greatest civic monuments. Built between 1861 and 1881, it is the product of two of New York's most prominent 19th century architects, John Kellum and Leopold Eidlitz . Tweed is a designated New York City landmark and sections of the interior are designated interior landmarks as well.
The Tweed Courthouse is the legacy of Tammany Hall boss William M. Tweed (1823-1878), who used the construction of the building to embezzle large sums from the budget. Boss Tweed was tried in 1873 in an unfinished courtroom in this building and was convicted and jailed. After the Tweed Ring was broken up, work stopped on the building from 1872 to 1876. Construction progressed slowly after the Tweed years, and it was not until 1881 that the building was finally completed. Information from: http://www.nyc.gov/