Photo by: Ralph Selitzer, DCAS
Midtown Community Court
314 West 54th Street
New York, NY
Date Built: 1894-96, Renovated 1968
Architect: John H. Duncan
The Midtown Community Court building at 314 West 54th Street is located between
8th and 9th Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. The six-story building was originally
constructed in 1894-96 as the Seventh District Police Court and Prison and the Eleventh
Judicial District Courthouse. The prison facing 53rd Street was removed during
a 1968 renovation, and an annex was added.
The courthouse is an example of the imposing small-scale civic buildings erected
throughout New York City in the late 19th century. For the limestone and tan-colored
brick structure, architect John H. Duncan employed Renaissance forms ornamented
with terra-cotta detail incorporating symbols of justice.
The Midtown Community Court opened at the building in 1993 to offer an alternative
adjudication process for quality-of-life offenses. A non-profit theatre company
is also located in the building.
The building was designated a New York City Landmark
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