Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sohmer Piano Building
Originally known as the Sohmer Piano Building, this beauty at 22nd Street and Fifth Avenue was constructed in 1897. (The company made pianos at its Astoria, Queens factory until 1982.) A 13-story Beaux-Arts landmark, its is only 29 feet wide (facing Fifth Avenue) but 120 feet deep on its 22nd Street side. Among numerous other tenants, it housed the offices of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1941 until 1960. After its restoration several years ago, the Sohmer Piano Building now holds offices and luxury condos.