Abraham E. Lefcourt
(1877-1932) , better known as A.E. Lefcourt
, was a prominent real estate developer in New York City
in the 1920s. All but forgotten today, in his lifetime Lefcourt was known as the one of the city's most prolific developers of Art Deco
buildings. Describing Lefcourt in a 1930 newspaper article, The New York Times
said, "No other individual or building organization has constructed in its own behalf as many buildings as are in the Lefcourt Group."
An entrepreneur, Lefcourt had numerous other business interests, including founding the Lefcourt Normandie National Bank, which eventually became a part of JP Morgan Chase.
Notwithstanding his success and a net worth reported to have been as much as $100 million in 1928, Lefcourt's empire began to unravel during the Depression, with his company going into foreclosure and his buildings being auctioned off. In 1932, with creditors pursuing him and others accusing him of fraud, Lefcourt suffered a heart attack in his Savoy-Plaza Hotel apartment, and died at the age of 55.
Among Lefcourt's more notable real estate development projects:
- Brill Building, 1619 Broadway, New York, NY
- Lefcourt Building/Raymond Commerce Building, 1172-1182 Raymond Boulevard, Newark, NJ
- Lefcourt Clothing Center, 275 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY
- Lefcourt Colonial Building, 295 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
- Lefcourt Empire Building, 989 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
- Lefcourt Madison Building, 16 East 34th Street, New York, NY
- Lefcourt Manhattan Building, 1412 Broadway, New York, New York
- Lefcourt National Building, 521 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
- Lefcourt Normandie Building, 1383 Broadway, New York, NY
- Lefcourt State Building, 1375 Broadway, New York, NY
Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation