Bell Laboratories Building
The Bell Laboratories Building is a thirteen-story building complex on the block between West Street, Washington Street, Bank Street, and Bethune street in Manhattan, New York. It was originally the home of the Bell Telephone Laboratories between 1898 and 1966. For a time, it was the largest industrial research center in the United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark as Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Backstory and Context
In 1970, the building complex was renovated to become the Wesbeth Artists Community, a complex dedicated to providing artists and artistic groups in New York City with affordable housing, as well as space for work and performance. Though it had been converted into the Artists Community by this point, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark on May 15th, 1975. The Westbeth Artists Community still hosts artists and art groups today, but it is no longer taking applications for its residential waiting list.