Assay Office: 1823 - 1915

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The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Consolidated Edison would like to announce the inauguration of Re-Covering the Cityscape: Impressions of History Underfoot. This public art project by Michele Brody commemorates lost New York history through the production of uniquely designed manhole covers for 10 sites throughout lower Manhattan.

The project's first cover was installed on September 19th, 2002 with a dedication ceremony to be held on Thursday October 17, 2002. This first cover by Re-Covering the Cityscape is in commemoration of the Assay Office that once stood on the foundations of 30 Wall Street from 1823-1915. The façade of the structure now stands in the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Assay cover has been placed in an existing Con Edison manhole located in the side walk in-between the current 30 Wall Street and Old Federal Hall.

The dedication ceremony will start at 4:30 pm on the steps of Old Federal Hall (rain location across the street at 23 Wall). Speaking on behalf of the project will be Madelyn Wils, Chairperson, Community Board One, Liz Thompson, Executive Director, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Lous Rana, Vice President, Manhattan Electric Operations, Con Edison, and John Reddick, President Cityscape Institute.

From October 16 - 18 a life-size image of the historic Assay Office building will be projected onto the facade of 30 Wall Street. Evoking the Financial District of the early 20th Century, this public event will be visible from 4 to 9 pm.

At a time when we are all looking back and remembering the tragic events of a year ago, Re-Covering the Cityscape: Impressions of History Underfoot wishes to look forward by bringing the Community and the Financial District together in celebrating the addition of a new and unique work of public art in Lower Manhattan. An emblem of living history, these manhole covers illumine the City's past while serving the practical function of re-building the future.