MOCA recently accepted an anonymous donation of a terracotta statuette that was originally attached to the iconic 241 Canal Street building. Based on the donor’s description documents, the statuette was removed from the 241 Canal Street building sometime between 1996-2002 and was received as a salvage gift by the donor’s father from the contractors working on the location. Work permit records from the NYC Department of Buildings correlate roughly with this time range. Perhaps a more specific date would be 1999 when a permit was opened to install scaffolding for façade repair.
Originally, the statuette was attached to one of the many roof sections of the building. Presently, there are no longer ornamentations on the building roof anymore, but the façade décor remains about the same as when it was originally built.