Description & Building Alterations
This building was constructed in 1983 and was designed by architects Schuman, Lichtenstein, Climan & Efron. The building previously at this location was the site of the Five Spot club, a divey neighborhood bar founded in the 1930s that attracted writers and artists living nearby: Williem de Kooning, Alfred Leslie, Larry Rivers, Franz Kline, Howard Kanovitz, Grace Hartigan, David Smith, Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, and Kenneth Koch, among others. It became one of the world’s premiere jazz clubs in the 1950s, at which point it featured John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, and Billie Holiday. The club needed more space and moved to 2 St. Mark’s Place in 1962.
Block : 460 / Lot : 1 / Building Date : 1983 / Original Owner : Cooper Square Hospital Development Fund / Original Use : Residential / Original Architect : Shuman, Lichtenstein, Climan & Efron