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CaptionSinger Tower at Liberty Street and Broadway in Manhattan was a 47-story office building completed in 1908 as the headquarters of the Singer Manufacturing Company.[4] It was demolished in 1968 together with the adjacent City Investing Building and is now the site of 1 Liberty Plaza. When it was demolished it was the tallest building ever to be demolished --- --- --- The building was commissioned by Frederick Bourne the head of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. He hired architect Ernest Flagg who was an early exponent of the Beaux-Arts architectural style --- --- --- New York Times architectural critic Christopher Gray wrote in 2005: The lobby had the quality of "celestial radiance" seen in world's-fair and exposition architecture of the period as the author Mardges Bacon described it in her 1986 monograph "Ernest Flagg" Architectural History Foundation MIT Press. A forest of marble columns rose high to a series of multiple small domes of delicate plasterwork and Flagg trimmed the columns with bronze beading. A series of large bronze medallions placed at the top of the columns were alternately rendered in the monogram of the Singer company and quite inventively as a huge needle thread and bobbin. --- --- --- At 612 feet 187 m above grade the Singer Building was the tallest office building in the world from its completion in 1908 until the completion in 1909 of the 700-foot 210 m Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower at 23rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan. --- --- --- Skyscraper zoning legislation enacted in 1916 at Flagg's urging incorporated many of his ideas for setbacks in tall buildings. --- --- --- Although New York had a newly created Landmarks Preservation Commission by the time demolition commenced in 1967 and the Singer Building was considered to be one of the most iconic buildings in the city it did not receive landmark designation that would have prevented demolition.
HeadlineTallest in the world from 1908 to 1909 & first tallest ever to be demolished
KeywordsWorlds-tallest-structure
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Singer_Building
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singer_Building

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