Urban Design

New York City – Iconic Buildings (Vol.1)

When we think about New York the very first thing we are projecting in our minds are the skyscrapers. This type of building is most closely associated with the Big Apple and for the reason. It’s really a mind boggling thing when we realize that the majority of these skyscrapers were built in the early to middle 30’s. Of course most of them have been redesigned and ‘upgraded’ as the years passed but the core idea and appearance is still probably the same.

Today Design-Peak presents you some of our choices for the most iconic and impressive buildings that stand tall in the city of New York. As a native New Yorker some of you probably have your own perception and listing priorities, but nevertheless the choices delivered below are at least worth the consideration no matter how Yankee you may be. For those who have never visited the Big Apple and are looking forward to do so, make sure that the given buildings are written bold in your checklist. Although New York is thought to have two main concentrations of high-rise buildings, the architecture sightseeing come from all over the city map so diversifying may not be a primarily option while debugging the beauty the city carries.


Empire State Building

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architect: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, William F. Lamb

date: 1930-1931

location: 350 Fifth Ave., bet. W33 and W34

Steel framed building with 102 floors, 1252 feet (381 meters) high, 6500 windows in total – visually creating the vertical striping on the facade. The building is clad n Indiana limestone and granite.


Chrysler Building

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architect: William Van Alen

date: 1928-1930

location: 405 Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street

77 floors, 319.5m (1048 feet) high, 29961 tons of steel, 3,826,000 bricks, near 5000 windows. Cost: $ 20,000,000


Statue of Liberty

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Sculptor: Auguste Frederic Bartholdi, Structural Engineer: Gustave Eiffel
pedestal Richard Morris Hunt

date: 1884

location: Liberty Island, New York Harbor.


St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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architect: James Renwick Jr. and William Rodrigue

date: 1851-79, towers 1888

location: Fifth Avenue, bet. E50 and E51.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest decorated Neo-Gothic-style Catholic cathedral in North America.


Grand Central Terminal

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architect: Reed & Stem, Warren & Wetmore

date: 1903-1913

location: 42nd Street and 3rd Ave.

Grand Central Terminal (GCT, often inaccurately called Grand Central Station) is a Terminal station at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. It is the largest trading station in the world with 44 platforms, and 67 tracks.