Are you a fan of the John Wick series of movies? Mr. Q is! Featured in the movies is one of my personal favorite buildings that we pass on the Revolutionary War/Colonial NYC Tour - The Beaver Building. But John Wick fans know it as the Continental Hotel.
You can find the building at the intersection of Pearl, Beaver, and Wall Streets. Over the entrance is a sign "Cocoa Exchange".
The Beaver Building (you'll find out why it's called that in a moment) was built in 1903-04 as an office building. You might think it looks a bit like the much more famous Flatiron Building, and it does due to its triangular footprint. It's a beautiful example of the city's early skyscrapers with three distinct vertical sections: a base, shaft, and capital. The top section has beautiful, glazed terra cotta ornamentation in green, cream, and red in geometric shapes.
The base section is stone with a series of oval crests marking the top of each section. And at the bottom of each crest is a beaver head peeking down at you! Thus, it's name: Beaver Building.
The building was initially occupied by the Munson Steamship Company, which later built a gorgeous building on the other side of Beaver Street and moved. The next tenant was the New York Cocoa Exchange, for which the entrance is still named.
One of the many fascinating buildings we find in lower Manhattan!