Buildings that No Longer Exist: Photochroms of a Bygone Time

The following is a guest post by Leslie Granillo, a Junior Fellow in the Prints & Photographs Division, Summer 2017 This summer I’ve been lucky enough to work with a wonderful collection of Photochroms. Going through them has been like taking a vacation through Europe, with the added advantage of being able to travel back in […]

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Empire State 1930

Empire State vertigo (c. 1930s) Building the then-world’s tallest building, one rivet at a time. Construction of New York City’s Empire State Building began in 1929 and finished in 1931. Its opening coincided with the Great Depression and, as a result, much of the office space went unrented, leading to the derisory nickname the “Empty State Building.” Earnings from the observation deck made […]

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The destruction of Penn Station

The destruction of Penn Station 1910-1963 In 1910, when New York City transportation terminal Pennsylvania Station opened, it was widely praised for its majestic architecture. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, it featured pink granite construction and a stately colonnade on the exterior.   The main waiting room, inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla, was the largest indoor space in the city […]

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Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, also known as the Metropolitan Life Tower or Met Life Tower, and currently being converted into the New York Edition Hotel, is a landmark skyscraper located on Madison Avenue near the intersection with East 23rd Street, across from Madison Square Park in Manhattan, New York City. Designed by the architectural firm of Napoleon LeBrun […]

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