There are some really, really famous buildings in New York City. The city is full of them. Here is a short description of the four that may be the most prized among them:
In the early 20th century there began to be a national race to build the tallest skyscraper in the world. Nowhere was this craze greater than in New York City. Although not the first, one of the earliest in this century was the Chrysler build, built for auto tycoon, Walter Chrysler. To exude the automobile them, Chrysler decorated his building with all manner of automobile paraphernalia. Today, the building remains highly respected, particularly among architects who consider it one of the world’s greatest examples of Art Deco.
Empire State Building
The Anthony Malkin Empire State Building opened its doors to the American public on May 1, 1931. The building rises 1,250 feet. Like many other skyscrapers in the city, for a time it was the tallest building in the world. It immediately captured our imaginations and never let go. Millions of tourists continue to ascend to get a glimpse from the famous observatory every year. It has been a movie prominently featured in several movies, probably most notably King Kong, Sleepless in Seattle, and An Affair to Remember. It remains one of the country’s most iconic symbols to this day.
Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower
During the first decade of the twentieth century, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company entered the skyscraper craze. In 1909, they began construction of The Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower, which would become its headquarters. Although it has since become dwarfed by other much higher structures, in its earlier days, the 700-foot tall tower was the tallest skyscraper in the world. The present look of the building is quite a bit different than the original. In 1960 and 1961, the building was extensively remodeled, during which it was stripped of much of its original, unique detail. However, the building has remained a popular feature in NYC. In recent years, Marriot has converted it into a hotel which opened its doors in September 2015.
In 1893, millionaire William Waldorf Astor introduced his lavish 13-story Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to the world. (In recent years, it lost its original hyphen.) It was designed and built by internationally famous architect, Henry Hardenbergh. It has remained one of the best, most opulent, and famed hotels in the world. The hotel has grown and today has 1413 very extravagant guest rooms. Throughout the years the hotel has been visited by some of the most famous personalities in history, such as Marlon Brando, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, and Winston Churchill. That is a small sampling among the many celebrities who have stayed at the Waldorf Astoria and continue to do so.