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Guide to the Foundation Company Construction Photographs
 PR 336

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Historical Note

The Foundation Company, headquartered in the early twentieth century at 115 Broadway (with branch offices in Chicago, New Orleans, and Montreal), specialized in constructing building foundations by “pneumatic caissons, open caissons, sheet-piling (either wood or steel), concrete piles, hollow steel pipe filled with concrete, wooden piles, cofferdams, and various other approved methods.” The roster of their projects in the 1913 issue of Sweet’s Catalogue of Building Construction, Architects and Builders Edition includes many prominent Manhattan structures, among them the Standard Oil Building (26 Broadway), Wall Street Exchange (43 Exchange Place), Western Union Building (Broadway and Dey Street), Municipal Building (1 Centre Street), U.S. Realty and Trinity Buildings (115 and 111 Broadway), and the Woolworth Building (233 Broadway). For more on the Foundation Company’s role in constructing the latter, see Gail Fenske,  The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008).