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Buildings on West 45th Street

The Astor Court

The Astor Court – otherwise known as 305 West 45th Street – is one of the oldest buildings on West 45th between 8th and 9th Avenues. This Astor Court is not to be confused with the other Astor Court on the Upper West Side.

Although construction occurred mostly in 1914, the year 2015 marks the 100th year anniversary of the opening of the building. Over the years, we’ve acquired many clippings on the building, some of which are posted below. From the research on the building, tenants were able to obtain legal victories entitling them to a security guard and basement storage cages.

Astor Court, facade photo, approx. 1915

Astor Court, application for construction, May 1914

Astor Court, simplified plot plan

NY Sun article, September 10, 1943

Detailed plan view, 305 W. 45th Street

Architectural Record vol 51 p249

Three-Alarm Fire Rips Through Hell’s Kitchen Building, Injures 11

New Photos of the fire:

Three-Alarm Fire Rips Through Hell’s Kitchen Building, Injures 11
August 12, 2010
By Nicole Bode


Eleven people, including five firefighters, were hurt when a three-alarm fire ripped through a Hells Kitchen apartment building Wednesday night, the FDNY said.

The fire broke out on the top floor at 359 W. 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues shortly after 10 p.m., a spokesman for the fire department said. A cell tower on the roof hampered firefighting efforts, and crews brought the blaze under under control before midnight, the FDNY said.

The five-story building had to be evacuated and four people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The rest of those injured were treated at the scene, an FDNY spokesman said.

It was not immediately apparent what started the blaze. The building was declared structurally unstable as a result of the fire and tenants were forced to vacate the apartment, FDNY press said.