New York is the ultimate city to see skyscrapers. It was been building them with enthusiasm as the 19th century came to an end. Throughout the 20th century, Manhattan could claim to be home to the “World’s Tallest Building” at least eight times. These structures came to rule certain areas in Manhattan. Luxury condos for sale today may now tower as tall as many of the older structures. A few, such as Manhattan House strive successfully to capture the iconic nature of these venerable old structures.
The Skyscraper Museum
Before setting out to look at some of the most famous architectural structures in the world, it might be a good idea to visit the Skyscraper Museum. If nothing else it will provide you with a basic understanding of the rationale behind the construction of these tall structures.
Ten Well-Known Skyscrapers in Manhattan
Empire State Building: Although not the earliest, this building remained the tallest in the world for 41 years. It went up in a single year – 1931.
Flatiron Building: Never the tallest building in Manhattan, this structure, originally named the Fuller building, has lovingly been called the Flatiron since its completion in 1902.
Chrysler Building: The elegant spire became one of the city’s favorite structures. Its spire resembling a radiator grill was added only to make it larger than the comparably sized Bank of Manhattan Building.
The Gargoyles resembled the hood ornaments of its year of construction 1929.
Daily News Building: This1930 building boasts 37 stories. The headquarters of the newspaper of the same name, it was a major departure for its architect Raymond Hood. Avoiding nay use of the Gothic, he created an unadorned façade.
Woolworth Building: This early example of a skyscraper in Manhattan rose on its site between 1910 and 1913. It was the headquarters of that commercial retail enterprise – Woolworth Company. Its purpose combined with its Gothic ornamentation to give it the nickname the “Cathedral of Commerce.” For 17 years, it held the position of the “World’s Tallest Building.”
Waldorf Astoria: In 1931, this hotel opened in Manhattan. At the time it was the tallest and most elegant hotel in the city.
If you want to live in a city where skyscrapers from various eras dominate the urban landscape, consider it a given you look carefully for Manhattan luxury condos for sale. By doing so, you will be able to explore the wealth of tall structures that inhabit Midtown Manhattan and give the neighborhood its expansive character.
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