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10 Finest Architectural Buildings in NYC


NYC is home to many of the most famous buildings in the United States. From structures with a high degree of architectural integrity to structures made from unique material and construction methods, NYC is home to some of America’s most amazing architectural building designs.

This article will look at the 10 finest Architectural Buildings in New York City, ranging from Carnegie Hall to The New Museum Of Contemporary Art.

Rockefeller Center Complex

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Rockefeller center complex is situated along Fifth Avenue between 48th and 51st streets in Midtown Manhattan, NYC. This covers twelve acres. Considered one of the greatest private developments in US history, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The exterior has many sculptures and artworks, including Prometheus, Atlas, and Mercury, located at the top of its art deco buildings. In addition, there are retail stores, restaurants, and 14 office buildings on the inside and a skating rink and rowing course, which occupies underground space level.

Chrysler Building

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Standing at 319 m (1,047 ft), the 77-floor Art Deco building designed by William Van Alen was constructed in 1930 as headquarters for the Chrysler Corporation. It has a spire that extends another 30 m (98 ft) above roof height, making it briefly the world’s tallest building before 40 Wall Street overtook it. The interior has an observation deck on the 71st floor called Top of The Rock offering panoramic views of Manhattan. Architectural critics declared this building an outstanding architectural achievement of the time it was built.

The New Museum Of Contemporary Art

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The New Museum of contemporary art is located at 235 Bowery in Manhattan, New York City. It has a unique design that lends to its resemblance to an iceberg rising from the East River. Its exhibits provide insight into the latest & modern developments in the international contemporary art scene. There is also a glass-enclosed garden on the ground floor providing green space for visitors.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

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Completed in 1878, St Patrick’s Cathedral is located on 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Street, Manhattan, NYC. The current construction work on St Patrick began after the old cathedral was destroyed in a fire. The present design of the Cathedral is attributed to James Renwick Jr . It has been declared as a National Monument by the US Government. It is one among many churches being visited by tourists every day.

One World Trade Center

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One World trade center is located at 250 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, NYC. Also known as The Freedom Tower, it replaced the twin towers destroyed during the 9/11 attacks. The construction work began on 17th April 2006 after many years of delay due to issues arising out of security & safety concerns. Its architecture was inspired by the original Twin towers destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.            

Carnegie Hall

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Carnegie Hall is situated at Seventh Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets in Manhattan, NYC. It was built in 1891 by William Burnet Tuthill, who also designed the Waldorf Astoria, New York. The interior of Carnegie Hall is decorated with ivory & gold leafing, flanked on either side with Corinthian columns. There are 3 auditoriums within the Hall, including Isaac Stern Auditorium, which regularly hosts world-class performances, educational programs & recording sessions.

Empire State Building

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The 102-story Art Deco skyscraper named after its owner – The Empire State Incorporation, is located at Fifth Avenue between West 33rd Street and 34th street. This high-rise tower is one of the most famous buildings in the USA has appeared regularly in the media. For example, one popular American television series made its name by naming itself The Empire State. It has an observation deck on the 86th floor that offers panoramic views of the city, including major landmarks like Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, etc.

The Woolworth Building

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Constructed in 1913, this 709 ft (216 m) high skyscraper located at 233 Broadway, Manhattan, NYC, was the world’s tallest building till the 1930s. Frank W Woolworth commissioned Cass Gilbert to design this structure that was considered state-of-the-art when it was built. Its exterior is adorned with Guastavino tile & terra cotta inspired by European architecture during the medieval period. With its distinctive gothic-like appearance, this building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The interior has a 55 ft high entrance lobby having ornate bronze fittings & skylight.

Museum Of Modern Art

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The museum of modern art is located at 11 West 53rd Street in Manhattan, NYC. The structure was completed in 1939 by Philip Goodwin and Edward Durrell Stone after 2 years of construction. It has been declared as a National Monument & hosts paintings, sculptures, prints & photography from 18,000 artists. There are 12 galleries within the museum, including the Main Gallery, where main attractions like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night & Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon can be seen.

High Line Park

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Built on a raised platform on the abandoned railway track, this 1.45-mile long greenway between Gansevoort Street and 30th street in Manhattan, NYC, has become one of the biggest tourist attractions. It was built by James Corner Field Operations (landscape architecture firm), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (architects), and Piet Oudolf (plant designer). In addition, there are many sculptures & public art displays within the perimeter of the park. The construction of the structure started in 2006 & opened for public use in phases from 2009 onwards till its completion in 2014.

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