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    Quote Originally Posted by Statun-Ilandur View Post
    There was a comment on the History channel on "America-The Story of Us" last night that made reference to the fact that close to half of all men working on early skyscrapers were either killed or disabled in the process.
    Is this really true or just something the "History Channel" felt their prestige gave them the right to claim? Personally, I think it's utter nonsense. In the spirit of Zippy the Chimp, I say: cite the source! (Not the History Channel, please!)

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    ^
    It's gratifying that I've whipped some of you into expert fact-finders.

    [Wipes a tear]

    To get you all going:

    5 deaths during the ESB construction. What about further back, you say? Zero deaths for the Singer Building.

    The caveat is what does the History Channel consider as disabled. A premature death from a lifetime of hard work and exposure, not specifically related to any one building?

    Source for now is ZTC. Gotta run.

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    I was in the building today and the floor lobbies are ENORMOUS, like 20ft.x20ft. Plus the hallways that radiate off the floor lobbies are about ten feet wide. I have never seen a scale like that on an upper floor of an office building before.

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    What was your sense of the general condition of the interiors of the building?

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    The floors I saw in the elevator all had the original treatments for the elevator banks. Nothing looked bad but I think it depends on who is leasing floors as far as upgrades go. Apart from the lobby, interiors looked class B.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    The floors I saw in the elevator all had the original treatments for the elevator banks. Nothing looked bad but I think it depends on who is leasing floors as far as upgrades go. Apart from the lobby, interiors looked class B.
    Thanks for the info. I've never been inside but hope to some day.

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    I was hoping to sneak around more but the elevator bank I had to use only went from 19/27. The elevator cars are TINY and there are six cars for each section. The elevators are slow and I think this must be what holds the building back from trying to be A class.

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    That's the cleared site for the 99 Church Street Tower, right? Man, if this tower goes up, we will have a new skyscraper canyon there. And don't forget that the Beekman Tower is nearby!

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    Regarding the U shaped portion of Wooly's base - this design approach was quite common to high-rises of the time, but has since been replaced by a more straightforward complete square/rectangle footprint.

    I have some guesses as to the reasons for the change, but would love to hear from others who have more informed ideas than I.

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    I think it's because all the offices had to be near a window.

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    Fluorescent lights and air conditioning.

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    A/C is one of the reasons I had in mind. What's your thinking behind fluorescent lighting as a reason?

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    No need for natural light if you have artificial lighting. You would hope in today's 'green' age that this sort of layout would return.

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