10 East 40th Street

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10 East 40th Street
10 E 40th Street NYC.jpg
10 East 40th Street from the main branch of the New York Public Library
Alternative names Mercantile Building
General information
Status Complete
Coordinates 40°45′06″N 73°58′53″W / 40.751592°N 73.981323°W / 40.751592; -73.981323
Completed 1929
Renovated 2002
Height 632 feet (193 m)
Technical details
Floor count 48
Floor area 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firm Ludlow and Peabody

10 East 40th Street or the Mercantile Building is a skyscraper located in the Murray Hill section of New York City, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, taking the width of the block between 39th and 40th streets. Designed by Ludlow & Peabody and built by Jesse H. Jones, it was finished in 1929 and is an example of Renaissance Revival architecture.[2] When it was built, it was the fourth-tallest tower in the world.[3]

It was previously known as the Chase Tower, after its first tenant, Chase Brass & Copper. Its owner until his death in 1938 was Frederick William Vanderbilt. On November 14, 2007, the building became the final site to be removed from Thomas Edison's original direct current grid in New York City.[4]

It is 632 feet (193 m) high, with 48 floors, and contains 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) of office or mixed-use space.[2] In September 2002, the building's lobby was renovated, restoring the 15-foot (4.6 m) ceilings.

Current tenants include the Moroccan consulate.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "10 East 40th Street". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  2. ^ a b "Mercantile Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ "World's tallest buildings in 1930" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Lee, Jennifer 8. (2007-11-14). "Off Goes the Power Current Started by Thomas Edison". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 

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