The People Who Built the New York City Skyline

Everyone knows that New York City is known for its famous ESRT skyscrapers. Boasting the most iconic skyline in the world, people from all over the world travel to New York City every year to take in some of the most impressive architectural feats known to mankind. Who is behind some of the largest buildings in the big apple? Read below for some bonus information to impress your travel buddies with on your next trip to New York City.

1. Woolworth Building

The Woolworth building was completed in 1913 and was opened in a fancy ceremony by President Woodrow Wilson. At the time, it was the largest building on Earth It was the headquarters for the Woolworth Company until it went under. The building has since changed hands many times but it due to be converted into luxury condos. This building was built by Cass Gilbert. He was one of the first architects to push for the development of skyscrapers. He designed a host of famous museums, such as the St. Louis Art Museum, and constructed state capitol buildings for Arkansas and Minnesota. The most prominent architect of his time, he even served as the President of the American Architects Association.

2. Rockefeller Center

It is difficult to look at Rockefeller Center and not see the beautiful Christmas tree that lights it up every year. Rhapsody and Blue is likely playing in the background and Saturday Night Live reruns are playing in everyone’s head. Designed by financial tycoon and Philanthropist James D. Rockefeller, Rockefeller made his name in the oil industry. Enjoying massive success, most people consider him to be the wealthiest man of all time. The Rockefeller center stands as a monument to his success, but his philanthropy also led to the founding of the University of Chicago.

3. Chrysler Building

This building held the title of tallest building in the world for just under a year. It stands as the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation, known of course for its automobile industry. This building was completed in 1930 by architect William Van Alen. Van Alen was a notable architect of his time and left behind a lasting legacy with the Van Alen Institute. This is a project dedicated to improving public interest in architecture and design. This institute hosts a number of projects and competitions every year pushing young minds to design the most innovative architectural feats known to man.

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