Nestled in the heart of midtown, the Daily News Building was once the center of the news world, housing newspapers as well as TV and radio stations. Named for it’s main tenant, at the time of completion, The Daily News had the largest circulation of any newspaper in America.
After successfully designing the Chicago Tribune Building, Raymond Hood focused his efforts on changing the skyline of Manhattan. First designing the American Radiator Building near Bryant Park, then daringly agreeing to design a building east of the Third Avenue El. At the time few people wanted to develop anything in that area, but The Daily News required a place to run their noisy presses. In 1930, the 37-story building was completed. Raymond Hood was also the chief designer for Rockefeller Center a few years later, in 1933.
The New Yorker Hotel was designed in the Art Deco style by the architectural firm Sugarman & Berger. While the hotel was constructed between 1929 and 1930, the height of the Art Deco period, the exterior doesn’t exude the tell-tale, showy Art Deco ornamentation and details. Instead, it follows the buttoned up, yet still decisively Art Deco Style. (more…)
Built in the roaring twenties by Sugerman & Berger, but opened during the great depression, the New Yorker has lived in the heart of Manhattan on 8th avenue between 34th and 35th streets.
Dominating the downtown skyline, the American International Building (AIG) at 70 Pine Street, rose up during the heart of the Great Depression, 1930-1932. The building was originally built for the Cities Service Company (now known as CITGO), owned by the oil and gas baron Henry Latham Doherty. Architecture firms Clinton & Russell and Colton & George designed the 66-story granite and limestone giant in the popular Art Deco style. Also popular at the time was the Gothic spire which adorns the top and made it the tallest building downtown at that time. After September 11th, the 952-foot building became the tallest skyscraper downtown, until the the construction of 4 WTC and 1 WTC. (more…)
This week’s archidoodle is a “remix” of the French Building illustration which I created in November. The multiple patterns stayed as the main component of the doodle as they did last time, but this time I arranged them in a more dynamic fashion. I felt that keeping the focus on the elegant patterns would be the best way to honor the history of the building. Read more about the history of the French Building here. (more…)
Situated on an oddly shaped block along the curve of William Street, 20 Exchange Place, is in the heart of the Financial District. Although the 59 story tower is no longer home to City Bank-Farmer’s Trust (now Citibank), evidence it was once the headquarters of one of America’s largest financial institutions covers the building.
In the late 1920s architecture firm Cross & Cross designed the building to be a 66-story monstrosity, taking the “world’s tallest building” title away from the Woolworth building. Before construction could begin the stock market crashed and the City Bank-Farmers Trust scaled back its plan by almost 200 feet