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Originally called the Pan Am building, this landmark skyscraper has dominated the New York skyline since it was built in 1963. Designed in the Brutalist style of architecture, by the well-known Emery Roth and Sons with consultants Pietro Belluschi and Walter Gropius, the building has an unmistakable style and is still an architectural behemoth in Mid-town New York. Since 9/11 tours of the building have been stopped, but it's still possible to take a look around the arcades on the ground floor. The Vanderbilt Avenue lobby houses the Richard Lippold sculpture, Flight, dedicated to Pan American World Airways. It houses some of the most expensive office space available for rent in Mid-town, and is currently managed by Tishman Speyer properties.
Completed in 1930, this towering edifice was the first construction project to rise higher than the Eiffel Tower. This leadership was to be short-lived, however, as The Empire State Building was built 1,048 feet taller only a few months later. The Chrysler Building still holds people's interest both culturally and architecturally. Walter Chrysler commissioned its construction in honor of his success in the automobile industry, which is reflected in its flamboyant art deco style. For example, sculptures of cars are carved into the brickwork.
Sitting in all its splendor on Fifth Avenue, the New York Public Library stands guarded by its two famous lions, Patience and Fortitude. For researchers, the library is a treasure. Its many halls contain millions of volumes, tens of thousands of current periodicals and a large staff to help. Conceived in 1897, the library did not open its doors until 1911. It is architecturally one of New York's classics, both inside and out. There are also free art exhibits occasionally on display.
The Union League Club is a not just a nouveau-club, but one that dates back to a political movement of the 1873 and the time of the Civil War. Located in New York City, this private social club is the fourth of its kind with its sibling clubs also existing in Chicago and Philadelphia. It was designated a New York City Landmark status in 2011. Although mainly an exclusive club, non-members are privy to a few limited services. The Union League Club houses within its confines a library, sports and fitness facilities, dining halls, conference rooms and an art gallery.
Opened in 1901, this clubhouse is located on property donated by business tycoon Commodore J. Pierpont Morgan. The beaux-arts building features a limestone facade with large bay windows resembling sterns of ships. The Model Room is home to over 1,500 models of yachts dating from the 1940s, and The Grill Room restaurant displays an extensive collection of sailing prints. Although this building was declared a historic landmark in 1979, it remains a private club. Visitors are not permitted unless accompanied by a club member.
767 Third Avenue is a remarkable commercial building in Manhattan. Constructed in 1980 by the William Kaufman Organization, it is notable for its unique oak and brick combination that makes it a standout in the cityscape. Among several amenities and services, its highlighting feature is the three-story high functional chessboard that is the largest in the world. Every Wednesday noon, a move is made on this building facade.
Built in 1924 for the American Radiator Company, this building was the first major design in New York by Rockefeller Center architect, Raymond Hood. Its stepped-back pyramidal roof was one of the first of its kind, and the stark black brickwork helps it stand out as a familiar landmark of the New York skyline. At 21 stories, the tower is topped by gold terra-cotta trim. When originally lit in honor of the heating company, the stories were supposed to resemble fired coals.