Rottet Studio and Studios Architecture Renovate the New York Stock Exchange

It was early afternoon, and the trading floor of that neoclassical temple of commerce, the New York Stock Exchange, was speckled with people quietly gazing at jagged lines rising and falling on screens. Not many years ago, the financial district site would have been marked by people shouting, scribbling traders, and ticker tape littered on the floor. Today, however, trading is conducted silently, around the clock, and largely beyond the physical premises of Wall Street. But at 226 years old, the NYSE is an institution of vast cultural importance, as well as a place where people continue to labor at desks, chew on steak, and hold board meetings. The legendary bell that signals the opening of the market at 9:30 AM continues to ring.