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    The neo-classicism in Nashville building is odd: note the columns. Am I seeing egyptian-motif art-deco thrown in?

    Can't see it, but I wonder if the designer and craftsmen were up to the task where that bas-relief is concerned...

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    Default Flawless skyline...

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    Every building in this picture is great! No misplaced mostrocities anywhere. No building that you wish that wasnt there. They all supplement and compliment each other with their unique style and variation in a very adequate way.

    Unlike today where a picture from the same angle you have to endure the same old tired modernist copycat of the Seagram box over and over and over and over again weeding around these real archtiectural beauties...

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    And note how tall the skyscrapers look... helped by the vertical thrust of the crowns and windows. And I think we associate each window with individual lives and goings on. Do we do that with blank glass walls?

    See the shorter building up from the Waldorf? That was an apartment house that was there up until the 1980's I believe. I remember the Times covering it's demise because it was the only apartment building left on that stretch of Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio View Post

    I wonder if the designer and craftsmen were up to the task where that bas-relief is concerned...
    It's kitschy ...



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    Exchange Court (52 Broadway) 1898-1980. Building converted to 1980s suburban office park HQ of the United Federation of Teachers.


    http://www.shorpy.com/node/1318?size=_original

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    St Paul Building, 222 Broadway at Ann Street, 1898, George B. Post, demolished in 1958 and replaced by the Western Electric Building.

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    Present:



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Paul_Building

    http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON012.htm

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    That Western Electric Building is such an architectural disgrace. The only thing that makes it better than the Civic Center eyesores of Javits, AT&T Long Lines, and the Brooklyn Bridge Verizon is the fact it's mercifully short enough not to stick out in the skyline.

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    The exterior of the Western Electric Building is really an off-tone of pink. Very 50's I guess, but still it's weird. However, it does have a pretty cool lobby, which can be seen through the big windows along Ann Street east of Broadway. Unfortunately they don't allow photographs from the interior.

    That eastern corner of Ann / Broadway / Park Row is really unfortunate. The cruddy mall-looking building that J&R put up there (to the north across from the WE Building) a few years back doesn't help at all.

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    St. Paul had nice east wing.


    Here are a couple of Double Destructos:

    Manhattan Life Insurance Building (left) and Knickerbocker Trust Buidling (right). Manhattan Life was beautiful but went down in 1930 to make way for One Wall Street (Irving Trust/BoNY), which is an extraordinary skyscraper in itself - so Manhattan Life's loss is an example of healthy, satisfying urban evolution.

    Unfortunately, One Wall St. added a 36 story annex in 1965 which covered the site of the beautiful Knickerbocker Trust for something bland, lazy and soulless. (You can see Exchange Court from Merry's post on the far right):


    Here is the One Wall Street Annex:


    Note: Looking at the aerial it seems the Annex was built on the footprint on both Manhattan Life (64 Broadway) and Knickerbocker Trust (60 Broadway)... meaning that the former did not have to be razed in 1930 for the Irving Trust to rise (even though it was). Can anyone shed light on what stood on this site from 1931-1965?

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    The World Building and The Tribune Building. Then there is the sad story of the razing of Newspaper Row. In 1955, the Dome and the Clocktower were taken down for an insipid on-ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge. A big thank you to Robert Moses.


    Newspaper Row today:

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    New clues on the mysterious fate of Manhattan Life and another example of why you should always be wary of the "facts" you find on Wikipedia/the internet:


    Most websites that discuss Manhattan Life say it was razed in 1930 to make way for 1 Wall. Then I discovered this pic:


    1 Wall is completed, but on its right is the dome of Manhattan Life! So it seems Manhattan Life survived after all - at least until 1965 when it was replaced by the dreadful annex.

    This discovery sheds some new light on NYC history as a great building that was once thought to be sacrificed for an even greater building, was actually destroyed for something terrible. I wonder how the false history of Manhattan Life got started and spread until it became "fact."

    Edit: nyc-architecture.com got the date right.
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    Quick factoid on this building...



    The office scenes for the movie Wall Street was filmed here. Bud Fox's private office faced out over City Hall Park, while Gekko had an office in the glassy penthouse on top of the east wing, having views both to the north and south.

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    The banal annex buildings for both the Bank of New York and Banker Trust buildings both killed off a number of nice 300ft+ buildings. Such a shame...

    Also, something I've been pondering for a while, exactly why did the NY Tribune Building had to be demolished for the Brooklyn Bridge onramp? If you compare the historic photo and the modern-day aerial you can see that the block that the building sat on (currently occupied by a Pace University building), is practically untouched by the onramp and reconfigured Park Row. Keep in mind that the NY Tribune Building was located east of Nassau St, not on that little triangular parcel north of the Old NY Times Building.

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    In two words: Robert Moses. On a personal and philosophical level, Moses enjoyed ripping down old New York and building "Moses New York" in its place. Moses hated urban density, loved the skyscraper-in-a-park and particularly loved the automobile. He pushed for a six lane elevated highway (like Boston's pre-Big Dig Central Artery) to circulate traffic throughout lower Manhattan that thankfully never happened. Moses also targeted City Hall and Grand Central Station (among many other treasures) for destruction.

    It turns out that Pace University had been renting in the Tribune Building and when Moses' Urban Renewal Project called for an expansion auto access to the Brooklyn Bridge, he was quick to collaborate with Pace (whom he viewed as long-term occupant for Downtown) to eliminate Newpaper Row in favor of a less-dense university building (in a "park").

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    Thanks for the info! So apparently the BK Bridge onramp is just a cover-up excuse for Robert Moses and Pace to tear down the NY Tribune Building and replace it with a massive, ugly, brutalist hulk for the university...

    Fortunately the old NY Times Building and its equally-historic neighbor to the east escaped the same fate.

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    ^ Essentially. But the tower portion of Pace came later. When first built in the 60s it was only 3 stories of the building up front (which in the 1980s was given 3 additional stories among other "refinements".)

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