7. Temple Court Helped Pioneer the Modern Office Building

By the 1800s, Temple Court had 212 suites rented by a whole range of workers;  lawyers, architects, insurance companies, detectives. Most were occupied by lawyers who used the nearby court buildings. Since 5 Beekman Street is near the court buildings, it made an ideal place for office space. Though office space doesn’t sound too extraordinary, at the time it was a new, developing concept. Since so many work spaces were specialized back then, the idea of having one location with many kinds of businesses in one setting only started emerging.