Shortest Lived Buildings

Grand Central Station. Photo from Library of Congress.

In 1932, Robert Moses had a replica of Mount Vernon built in Prospect Park to to mark the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The building, constructed by Sears, Roebuck & Company (who also delivered another replica to the Exposition Coloniales Internationale in Paris in 1931) and designed by architect Charles K. Bryant, lasted a mere two years before being torn down. The house was located at the base of Lookout Hill on the Peninsula of the Lake.

Before this, the original Grand Central (not a terminal then, just a station) was torn down less than three years before it had been completed in 1900. Read about the top 10 secrets of Grand Central Terminal here. Check out 8 other shortest lived buildings in NYC.