161 West 93rd Street

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161 West 93rd Street

161 West 93rd Street is a building on 93rd Street in Manhattan that was once the home of the Nippon Club, a gentlemen's club for Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals.[1]

The club, founded in 1905 by Jokichi Takamine, first occupied a townhouse at 334 Riverside Drive, between 105th and 106th Streets,[2] the Renaissance Revival building at 161 West 93rd Street was designed for the club by the architect John Vredenburgh Van Pelt and erected in 1912.[2] The American Institute of Architects guide describes the style as "the Chicago school crossbred with Florence", remarking that "the cornice is extraordinary; it sails overhead with the assurance of Lorenzo de'Medici". Windows alternate with a brick frieze, in the manner of the Metopes and triglyphs of a Greek temple.[3]

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the building was seized by the federal government; in 1944, the Federal Office of the Alien Property Custodian sold the building to the Elks. Today, the building houses a church called Templo Adventista at its lower level and condominiums on the upper floors.


  1. ^ Gray, Christopher; Braley, Suzanne (2003). New York Streetscapes: Tales of Manhattan's Significant Buildings and Landmarks. New York: Harry N. Abrams. p. 364. ISBN 0-8109-4441-3. 
  2. ^ a b Gray, Christopher (2001-09-30). "161 West 93rd Street; A Building That Recalls the Days After Pearl Harbor". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot (June 2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. p. 368. ISBN 0-8129-3107-6. 

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Coordinates: 40°47′31″N 73°58′15″W / 40.79184°N 73.9709°W / 40.79184; -73.9709