Early Skyscrapers – 20th Century Towers, Buildings

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Early Skyscrapers – Major 20th Century Buildings

Some of the world’s highest skyscrapers + background on earlier skyscrapers
Rockefeller Center
picture © Andrew McRae

Skyscraper Buildings listed chronologically

Flatiron Building, 23rd Street, Broadway/5th Avenue, New York, USA
Daniel Burnham, Architect
87m high
The Flatiron building is the original New York skyscraper

Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway, New York
Cass Gilbert, Architect
241m high
One of the first New York skyscrapers. Designed in a formal, symmetrical Gothic Revival style and originally nicknamed the Cathedral of Commerce. The Woolworth building was the tallest in the world from 1913 – 1930.
Refurbished 1977-81.

Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, New York
William Van Alen, Architect
New York Skyscraper Building
photo © Joe Lekas
New York skyscraper
318m high
An Art Deco skyscraper that is a world-famous symbol for New York. Tallest building globally on completion, taking over from the Eiffel Tower. It obviously was also the tallest building in New York until the Empire State Building was completed the following year. Refurbished 1995.

Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York
Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, Architects
New York Skyscraper
image: Andrew McRae
Empire State New York
381m high skyscraper, Art Deco architecture – especially the tower interior, famous New York landmark.

Rockefeller Center, 5th – 7th Avenue; 47th – 51st Street, Midtown, New York
Raymond Hood, Architect
Rockefeller Center New York

Lever Building (Lever House), 390 Park Avenue, New York
Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) Architects
Lever Building New York
Beautiful piece of New York architecture facing Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and trying to give it a run for its money. Having had a good look at both I think Mies wins but nevertheless this SOM Architects building was a classic in its day, podium and tower.

Seagram Building, 375 Park Avenue, New York
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Architect; Philip Johnson
Seagram Building New York

John Hancock Center, Chicago, USA
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Chicago Skyscraper
photo : Royce Douglas
John Hancock Center
344m high ; 459 m high including antennae

World Trade Center – site New York
1973; destroyed 2001
Minoru Yamasaki, Emery Roth & Sons
World Trade Center Building

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Paris Skyscrapers

Frankfurt Skyscrapers
Commerzbank Tower Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Chicago Skyscrapers

Recent Skyscrapers Buildings

HSBC Skyscraper, Hong Kong

Montparnasse Tower : tallest building in France

American Skyscraper Building

Evolution of the Skyscraper Conference – Chicago, USA

New York Buildings

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
French tower

French Skyscrapers

German Skyscrapers

Tall Buildings : UK Tower building proposals

History of the World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

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