Infamous Tammany Hall Headquarters Landmarked

NEW YORK (AP) -

The last New York City building to house the powerful Democratic political machine of the 19th and early 20th centuries was designated Tuesday an official city landmark.

Tammany Hall was approved for landmark status by a unanimous vote of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The neo-Georgian style, 3 1/2 story building in the city’s Union Square area was completed in 1929. It was the final headquarters for the powerful patronage machine, which organized immigrants, especially the Irish, beginning in the 1790s.

Just a few years after its completion, then-mayor Jimmy Walker resigned amid a municipal corruption scandal, leading to a split in the Democratic Party.

The Tammany Hall building has four large Doric columns on its front. It’s currently occupied by the New York Film Academy.