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    Hi,

    Im live in Birmingham, England and am trying to identify two old drawings that I have of Skyscrapers in New York, they are signed by Cross & Cross.

    My Grandfather left them to me, he used to work in New York in the 20's and 30's and loved architecture.

    It has been said that one of them is an early drawing.etching of 20 Exchange Place, does anyone have any ideas



    Thanks

    Rob

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    Thanks, that looks about it,

    Can you actually see the picture that I posted, if not can anyone give me any advice on how to post correctly?

    I have the picture on my hard drive.

    Cheers

    Rob

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    Nice!



    In the photo on the left, the building in the background on the right is in the foreground of the color picture below. In the photo on the right, the Bankers Trust pyramid is seen in the background (see below right). It seems like the location is at 20 Exchange.


    Bankers Trust photo from the Museum of the City of New York website

    It also resembles the three vertical colums of double windows, and the chamferred corners look similar too. Edward's photo shows some of the base details:



    They definitely look like early drawings of 20 Exchange (to me, anyone else?).
    Thanks for sharing these rjwhite1972, they're great.

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    Wow :shock: Those are really cool. 20 Exchange is my favorite NYC building (it may shock you, but it is...) Did your grandfather work for an architect or developer?

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    Thanks for all your replies,

    Now, the picture with the walkway is generally beleived to be 20 Exchange Place, but can anyone offer any suggestions what the bottom building is?

    I have tried for months to find out, but with no success.

    My granddad used to work for a small architects in New York, and had a passion for skyscrapers.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Rob

    PS. This forum is fantastic!!

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    Very "Gotham" style drawings.
    Kind of like the Hugh Ferriss drawings of the time.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Yes,

    I wish they were by him, fantastic artist, keep expecting to see the bat sign appear about the skyline.

    Rob

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    I was up in this sucker, today. I couldn't snap pix, 'cause I was seeing a client, but I will tell you this much: the floor plates are rediculously small, the offices are cresent shape, bound by the staiwells and restrooms. The windows actually *open* and the views are phenominal.

    Only the top floors are going to be residential, so I was told.

    Oh..and the urinals are totally old-school, with a plush pedal on the floor.

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    Would a residential conversion, even a partial one, kill any hopes for floodlighting?

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    What is up with the scaffolding on top of that building? It would be a great building, except it looks like it got some weird tumor on top of it.

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    that's a cell tower, bro.

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    20 Exchange: yet another art-deco masterpiece. LOVE this building!! Wouldn't it be cool if some bold architect/developer decided to rebuild it (elsewhere), albeit on a 21st century scale?!

    PS: Hugh Ferriss was brilliant.

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    Photos of the 14 Sentinels overlooking the 19th floor setback, taken by asg from 5 Hanover Sq.






    The figures represent the Giants of Finance, seven smiling, seven frowning. They also cover the vent stacks of the air-circulating system.

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