- Singer Building
building_name = Singer Building
Philadelphia City Hall
year_built = 1908
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower
year_highest = 1908
year_end = 1909
New York City, USA
height_meters = 187
height_feet = 612
height_stories = 47
construction_period = 1908
demolished = 1968
emporis_id = 102519
The Singer Building at Liberty Street and Broadway in Manhattan, New York [Another famous Singer Building, designed by architect Pavel Suzor, was built in 1902-1904 at
Nevsky Prospektin Saint-Petersburgfor headquarters of the Russian branch of the company. This modern stylebuilding (situated just opposite to the Kazan Cathedral) is officially recognized as an object of Russian historical-cultural heritage.] , was an office building completed in 1908 as the headquarters of the Singer Manufacturing Company.
The building's architect,
Ernest Flagg, was a supporter of height limitations and restrictive zoning, and showed his solution to tall-building crowding with the Singer's set-back design. The 12-story base of the building filled an entire blockfront, while the tower above was very narrow.
At 612 feet (187 m) above grade, the Singer Building was the tallest building in the world from its completion until the completion in 1909 of the
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Toweron Madison Avenue, again in Manhattan.
The building was demolished in 1968 as it was claimed to be functionally obsolete, and in order to make way for the subdued U.S. Steel Building (currently known as
One Liberty Plaza). The tower floors were squares only 65 feet (20 m) on a side. It remained the tallest occupied building ever destroyed until the September 11, 2001, collapse of the nearby World Trade Center. It is still the tallest building ever lawfully demolished.
* [http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/20th/singer1.jpgOld postcard view of the Singer Building on bc.edu]
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