The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines.
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Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence.

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There's still time to register for our final WORLD VIEW lecture by Fred Clarke on May 4 at 6pm ET! Founding Partner and ...
05/03/2021

There's still time to register for our final WORLD VIEW lecture by Fred Clarke on May 4 at 6pm ET! Founding Partner and now Senior Principal of @pcparch Fred will discuss the primacy of the Petronas Towers in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Link in bio to register!
#skyscrapers #webinar #architecture
https://skyscraper.org/programs/petronas-towers/

There's still time to register for our final WORLD VIEW lecture by Fred Clarke on May 4 at 6pm ET! Founding Partner and now Senior Principal of @pcparch Fred will discuss the primacy of the Petronas Towers in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Link in bio to register!
#skyscrapers #webinar #architecture
https://skyscraper.org/programs/petronas-towers/

Happy 90th Birthday to the Empire State Building, which opened on May 1, 1931! The Tallest building in the world, Empire...
05/01/2021

Happy 90th Birthday to the Empire State Building, which opened on May 1, 1931!
The Tallest building in the world, Empire State broke every record in the book.
Click to view our past exhibition Ten Tops to know more! https://old.skyscraper.org/EXHIBITIONS/TEN_TOPS/esb.php

04/29/2021

#NYC is a treasure chest of hidden shapes because the city has many #skyscrapers! Join us on Sat., May 8th at 11am on Zoom for our Shapes to Skyscrapers Family Program! We'll listen to a read-aloud of City Shapes and make our own collages!

Register: https://tinyurl.com/434zey35

As we continue to examine how buildings & cities can solve our climate crisis, check out our 2006 exhibit, Green Towers ...
04/22/2021

As we continue to examine how buildings & cities can solve our climate crisis, check out our 2006 exhibit, Green Towers for NY: From Visionary to Vernacular https://tinyurl.com/68kx9kc4 & our 15 yrs. of sustainability programming https://tinyurl.com/ywth8c this #EarthDay!

As we continue to examine how buildings & cities can solve our climate crisis, check out our 2006 exhibit, Green Towers for NY: From Visionary to Vernacular https://tinyurl.com/68kx9kc4 & our 15 yrs. of sustainability programming https://tinyurl.com/ywth8c this #EarthDay!

04/15/2021

"Would Frank Lloyd Wright be the architect we know without New York?" @AnthonyAlofsin asks in a video talk on his book Wright and NY: The Making of America's Architect." #architecture #nyc #museumfromhome

Watch the full talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDQjL3x1pzQ&t=1042s

Did you know that One Times Square, in Times Square, New York City, was designed to look like bowling pins? Architect Wi...
04/01/2021

Did you know that One Times Square, in Times Square, New York City, was designed to look like bowling pins? Architect William Sloan proposed this imaginative plan for the Municipal Art Society and National Endowment for the Arts' 1984 competition. The competition was created in response to protests against four mega-skyscrapers on the corner sites of Broadway, Seventh Avenue, and 42nd Street. Of course, the Times Square we know today is not a giant bowling alley, but that would've been fun, right?

Join us this Saturday, April 3 from 11am- Noon ET for our special April Fool's inspired program, Architecture that Never Was! Drawing from Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell's Never Built New York, we'll discuss some unbuilt buildings and some extraordinary plans! Kids will then design their own buildings and cityscapes. Can YOU be the one to build what has never been built before? Take on our challenge by registering at skyscraper.org -> family programs! https://skyscraper.org/family_programs/april-fools-architecture-that-never-was/

Did you know that One Times Square, in Times Square, New York City, was designed to look like bowling pins? Architect William Sloan proposed this imaginative plan for the Municipal Art Society and National Endowment for the Arts' 1984 competition. The competition was created in response to protests against four mega-skyscrapers on the corner sites of Broadway, Seventh Avenue, and 42nd Street. Of course, the Times Square we know today is not a giant bowling alley, but that would've been fun, right?

Join us this Saturday, April 3 from 11am- Noon ET for our special April Fool's inspired program, Architecture that Never Was! Drawing from Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell's Never Built New York, we'll discuss some unbuilt buildings and some extraordinary plans! Kids will then design their own buildings and cityscapes. Can YOU be the one to build what has never been built before? Take on our challenge by registering at skyscraper.org -> family programs! https://skyscraper.org/family_programs/april-fools-architecture-that-never-was/

We're seeing green this spring break! Take a virtual tour of Battery Park City with us and grab your craft supplies to d...
03/29/2021

We're seeing green this spring break! Take a virtual tour of Battery Park City with us and grab your craft supplies to design your own environmentally-friendly skyscraper! Head to our Learning from Home page to discover more #family #programs! #kids

https://tinyurl.com/zjprrwdt

Listen to Andrea Beaty's Rosie Revere, Engineer in English AND Spanish this Friday, Mar. 26 at 4pm! Then, learn about en...
03/22/2021

Listen to Andrea Beaty's Rosie Revere, Engineer in English AND Spanish this Friday, Mar. 26 at 4pm! Then, learn about engineering through a trial and error exercise! #MuseumFromHome #reading #kids #free #program #workshop #engineering #architecture

RSVP: https://skyscraper.org/family_programs/be-like-rosie-revere-become-your-own-engineer/

Listen to Andrea Beaty's Rosie Revere, Engineer in English AND Spanish this Friday, Mar. 26 at 4pm! Then, learn about engineering through a trial and error exercise! #MuseumFromHome #reading #kids #free #program #workshop #engineering #architecture

RSVP: https://skyscraper.org/family_programs/be-like-rosie-revere-become-your-own-engineer/

03/18/2021

Did you know that all of our Winter family #programs are archived on our YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/yfhwfgj2?

Watch our read-aloud of Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty with your #kids & #family! #MuseumFromHome

How do you get around your neighborhood? Join us on Saturday, March 13 at 11am ET for a virtual read-aloud of Christoph ...
03/10/2021

How do you get around your neighborhood? Join us on Saturday, March 13 at 11am ET for a virtual read-aloud of Christoph Niemann's "Subway" in English AND Spanish! Discover #NYC subway lines and design your own art! #MuseumFromHome #CultureFromHome RSVP: tinyurl.com/ya2ete4b

Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day. To celebrate we highlight one of the most prominent and prolific women in...
03/08/2021

Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day. To celebrate we highlight one of the most prominent and prolific women in architecture who is reaching new heights. Jeanne Gang is the founder of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design firm based in Chicago. Her Aqua Tower in the Windy City, pictured in the foreground, was the tallest building in the world designed by a woman until 2020, when her Wanda Vista Tower, visible behind the background surpassed it!

Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day. To celebrate we highlight one of the most prominent and prolific women in architecture who is reaching new heights. Jeanne Gang is the founder of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design firm based in Chicago. Her Aqua Tower in the Windy City, pictured in the foreground, was the tallest building in the world designed by a woman until 2020, when her Wanda Vista Tower, visible behind the background surpassed it!

Read-Aloud Alert! Join us on Friday, Feb. 26 at 4pm ET for a reading of Andrea Beaty's Iggy Peck, Architect followed by ...
02/22/2021

Read-Aloud Alert! Join us on Friday, Feb. 26 at 4pm ET for a reading of Andrea Beaty's Iggy Peck, Architect followed by an activity! Register here: https://skyscraper.org/family_programs/be-like-iggy-peck-become-your-own-architect/

#kids #family #program #architecture #building #free #readingcommunity #Read

Read-Aloud Alert! Join us on Friday, Feb. 26 at 4pm ET for a reading of Andrea Beaty's Iggy Peck, Architect followed by an activity! Register here: https://skyscraper.org/family_programs/be-like-iggy-peck-become-your-own-architect/

#kids #family #program #architecture #building #free #readingcommunity #Read

Are you celebrating Presidents' Day with us on Monday, Feb. 15? It's not too late to RSVP for our virtual family program...
02/10/2021

Are you celebrating Presidents' Day with us on Monday, Feb. 15? It's not too late to RSVP for our virtual family program. Learn about buildings designed by American presidents & design your own! Registration details & our full schedule are here: https://skyscraper.org/family_programs/

Our 2021 Book Talk Series continues on February 9 at 6pm ET with Amy Finstein who will discuss her book Modern Mobility ...
02/08/2021

Our 2021 Book Talk Series continues on February 9 at 6pm ET with Amy Finstein who will discuss her book Modern Mobility Aloft: Elevated Highways, Architecture, and Urban Change in Pre-Interstate America (Temple University Press)

Amy Finstein is an architectural and urban historian and Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Click the link for more information about how to RSVP and for the full schedule of events. https://skyscraper.org/programs/

#SkyscraperMuseum #BookTalks #MuseumLectureSeries #MuseumFromHome #Webinar

ATTN: Families & Kids! Our virtual #family #program season kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine's ...
02/03/2021

ATTN: Families & Kids! Our virtual #family #program season kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine's Day!

Registration details & our full schedule are posted here: https://skyscraper.org/family_programs/

We can't wait to see you then! #kids #craft #MuseumFromHome

ATTN: Families & Kids! Our virtual #family #program season kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine's Day!

Registration details & our full schedule are posted here: https://skyscraper.org/family_programs/

We can't wait to see you then! #kids #craft #MuseumFromHome

The Skyscraper Museum's 2021 lecture series, World View: Designing Global Supertalls invites architects, engineers, and ...
02/01/2021

The Skyscraper Museum's 2021 lecture series, World View: Designing Global Supertalls invites architects, engineers, and building industry experts to explain and reflect on the art and science of the supertall skyscrapers they have designed and constructed around the world. The series explores the history of the supertall typology and its evolution in the 21st-century, emphasizing the global reach of supertall ambitions and the pivotal role of American firms in exporting design expertise.

Second in the series is architect Scott Duncan of @skidmoreowingsmerrill & designer of Guiyang WTC Landmark Tower, China on
February 2nd at 6pm ET.
Click the link for more information about how to RSVP and for the full schedule of events: tinyurl.com/1llgak9c

#SkyscraperMuseum #SUPERTALL2020 #WorldView #MuseumFromHome #MuseumLectureSeries #Webinar

Courtesy, SOM

The Skyscraper Museum's 2021 lecture series, World View: Designing Global Supertalls, invites architects, engineers, and...
01/26/2021
World View - The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum's 2021 lecture series, World View: Designing Global Supertalls, invites architects, engineers, and building industry experts to explain and reflect on the art and science of the supertall skyscrapers they have designed and constructed around the world. The series explores the history of the supertall typology and its evolution in the 21st-century, emphasizing the global reach of supertall ambitions and the pivotal role of American firms in exporting design expertise.

First in the series is architect James von Klemperer of @KPF, designer of China Resources Tower in Shenzhen, Chia and Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, tonight at 6pm ET.

Link to RSVP & for full schedule: https://skyscraper.org/world-view-designing-global-supertalls/

#MuseumFromHome #webinar #SkyscraperMuseum #WorldView #MuseumFromHome #MuseumLectureSeries #Webinar #SUPERTALL2020

Courtesy, KPF.

Our 2021 lecture series WORLD VIEW invites architects, engineers, and building industry experts to explain and reflect on the art and science of the supertall skyscrapers they have designed and constructed around the world. Conceived as a semester of talks, the series explores the history of the sup...

Congratulations to Central Park Tower, CITIC Tower, Lakhta Center, Suzhou IFS, Wuhan Center, Tianjin CTF, & The Exchange...
01/20/2021

Congratulations to Central Park Tower, CITIC Tower, Lakhta Center, Suzhou IFS, Wuhan Center, Tianjin CTF, & The Exchange 106 for winning @CTBUH's Award of Excellence for #skyscrapers 400m+!

Check out where they land on our SUPERTALL! lineup!
https://skyscraper.org/supertall/lineup/

Photo credit: tallinnovation.com/program/projects-featured/

Congratulations to Central Park Tower, CITIC Tower, Lakhta Center, Suzhou IFS, Wuhan Center, Tianjin CTF, & The Exchange 106 for winning @CTBUH's Award of Excellence for #skyscrapers 400m+!

Check out where they land on our SUPERTALL! lineup!
https://skyscraper.org/supertall/lineup/

Photo credit: tallinnovation.com/program/projects-featured/

At 432 Park Ave, the "golden hour" before sunset shows off the open mechanical floors that lessen the effects of wind.#s...
01/16/2021

At 432 Park Ave, the "golden hour" before sunset shows off the open mechanical floors that lessen the effects of wind.

#skyscraper #sunset #NewYorkCity

01/13/2021

#42 on our SUPERTALL! 2020 lineup, Central Park Tower was the tallest building completed in 2020, making it "the first time in five years in which the tallest completed building was not in China" notes @CTBUH. #NYC Video by Museum staff.

Tonight we'll shout Hooray! at midnight and celebrate Manhattan's magnificent skyline from a social distance. And we'll ...
12/31/2020

Tonight we'll shout Hooray! at midnight and celebrate Manhattan's magnificent skyline from a social distance. And we'll look forward fervently to a New Year when we'll see our urban life burst forth again like fireworks.

Christmas may be over, but there's still time to write #holiday cards to loved ones for the new year! Our skyscraper-sha...
12/30/2020

Christmas may be over, but there's still time to write #holiday cards to loved ones for the new year! Our skyscraper-shaped card activity is available here: https://tinyurl.com/y7h8zadf

Check our Museum From Home Page for other videos & activities! https://tinyurl.com/yddwr93n

Thank you to everyone who contributed and connected with The Skyscraper Museum this year! We wish you a happy and health...
12/23/2020

Thank you to everyone who contributed and connected with The Skyscraper Museum this year! We wish you a happy and healthy #holiday season.

"Building Candles" is based on Michael Miscione's view from One World Observatory, 12/12/20.

Thanks to Michael Miscione who sent us his photo of the view on Dec. 12 of One World Trade Center’s observatory. It show...
12/16/2020

Thanks to Michael Miscione who sent us his photo of the view on Dec. 12 of One World Trade Center’s observatory. It shows the tips of NYC’s 6 other supertalls! Skyscraper.org/supertall/

One World Trade Center accented by today's beautiful sunset, bringing a close to this weekend!#newyorkcity #skyscraper #...
12/13/2020

One World Trade Center accented by today's beautiful sunset, bringing a close to this weekend!

#newyorkcity #skyscraper #skyscrapers #oneworldtradecenter #supertall #sunset #sunsets

12/01/2020

Help us reach new heights by supporting our virtual programming! Find 16hrs of the fall course Rewriting Skyscraper History on our website & join us on Dec. 8 for our final talk with our director, Carol Willis! #GivingTuesday

Email us at [email protected] or head to our website to RSVP for Dec. 8th!

https://skyscraper.org/membership/

11/27/2020

"#NY gets credit for developing the skyscraper," argues Gerald Larson, Chicago-School scholar, as experts debate in our series Rewriting Skyscraper History Q+A. Watch the talk & dialogue here: https://tinyurl.com/y6gbrqnb

#SkyscraperSeminar #architecture #MuseumFromHome

Congratulations to the #LakhtaTower in St. Petersburg, Russia on their #Emporis Skyscraper Award win! Completed in 2019,...
11/12/2020

Congratulations to the #LakhtaTower in St. Petersburg, Russia on their #Emporis Skyscraper Award win! Completed in 2019, the Lakhta Center is #36 on our #SUPERTALLCountUp and is the tallest skyscraper in Europe at 462m/ 1,516 ft.

What were "Chicago's Other Skyscrapers?" In the 1890s, giant grain elevators rivaled the Loop's tallest buildings, Thoma...
11/08/2020
ELEVATORS (Passenger) & ELEVATORS:| NEW YORK & CHICAGO, FROM THE 1870s:| Thinking About Tall Buildings and New Technologies - The Skyscraper Museum

What were "Chicago's Other Skyscrapers?" In the 1890s, giant grain elevators rivaled the Loop's tallest buildings, Thomas Leslie explains. https://tinyurl.com/yxtgkqhs
#RewritingSkyscraperHistory

Part 1: Thomas Leslie, Chicago’s Other Skyscrapers: Grain Elevators and the City, 1838-1957 Part 2: Lee Gray, Elevator Office Buildings, New York and Chicago from the 1870s For Week 1, a pair of lectures by two historians, Thomas Leslie and Lee Gray, focus on complementary talks on very different...

Myth-busting #2 Prof. Lee Gray debunks the history of the first passenger elevator in Broadway's Haughwout Building, NYC...
11/07/2020
ELEVATORS (Passenger) & ELEVATORS:| NEW YORK & CHICAGO, FROM THE 1870s:| Thinking About Tall Buildings and New Technologies - The Skyscraper Museum

Myth-busting #2 Prof. Lee Gray debunks the history of the first passenger elevator in Broadway's Haughwout Building, NYC in 1857.
https://tinyurl.com/yxtgkqhs
#RewritingSkyscraperHistory

Part 1: Thomas Leslie, Chicago’s Other Skyscrapers: Grain Elevators and the City, 1838-1957 Part 2: Lee Gray, Elevator Office Buildings, New York and Chicago from the 1870s For Week 1, a pair of lectures by two historians, Thomas Leslie and Lee Gray, focus on complementary talks on very different...

Want to know about: EARLY ELEVATORS? Listen to expert Prof. Lee Gray myth-bust and explain the technology of New York's ...
11/05/2020
ELEVATORS (Passenger) & ELEVATORS:| NEW YORK & CHICAGO, FROM THE 1870s:| Thinking About Tall Buildings and New Technologies - The Skyscraper Museum

Want to know about: EARLY ELEVATORS? Listen to expert Prof. Lee Gray myth-bust and explain the technology of New York's first elevator office buildings in our series #RewritingSkyscraperHistory. #NYC #History #MuseumFromHome

https://tinyurl.com/yxtgkqhs

Part 1: Thomas Leslie, Chicago’s Other Skyscrapers: Grain Elevators and the City, 1838-1957 Part 2: Lee Gray, Elevator Office Buildings, New York and Chicago from the 1870s For Week 1, a pair of lectures by two historians, Thomas Leslie and Lee Gray, focus on complementary talks on very different...

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Subway: Take the 4/5 to Bowling Green, the 1 or R to Rector St, or the R to Whitehall St.

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Thursday 12:00 - 18:00
Friday 12:00 - 18:00
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This is a building revolution! The future of building and skyscraper construction is here! Today,tall buildings are being built using technologies in the USA-Upbrella Construction,in Austria-Hickory Building Systems,in the UK-Jump Lift,in China their technologies .. They all build by lifting materials to the floor under construction and only marginally improve the performance of traditional technology. ConstructionWithoutCrane-Builds by raising the building under construction to a floor height ..always builds the "first" floor.And then, having a "permanent work site",we robotize the main construction work and build the floors of the building like cars on an assembly line. ConstructionWithoutCrane builds buildings twice or more,faster (calculation on the site),builds any building .."on the ground" without a crane And yet the main thing for business is profit ..a project without proper commercial potential,for business is like a wedding night without a bride! Let's say that I'm right,we have mastered the technology,and we are building buildings (skyscrapers) twice as fast. Then we will winthe construction of all skyscrapers in the world,more than 120 of them are built a year. The capital turnover of our company will be over $ 120 bn very soon! The turnover will increase by an order of magnitude if the new technology is “sold” all over the world. Colossal business! I propose to master a new technology,having mastered all the methods of lifting a building under construction. igidali.ru youtu.be/MfIez2SBr6c RF patent for invention No. 2716319 International patent application PCT No. RU2019000773 Igidali Ashurbegov Russia,Rostov-on-Don.
Original rare documents on the way to be donated to the 911 Museum shortly!! This is a proposal for instillation of the North Tower of the Original World Trade Center TV Antenna!!
Do you still have on exhibit large models of the Twin Towers which were destroyed in 2001? I used to visit often until I got a stroke in 2017. I have always been fascinated by skyscrapers although I am afraid of heights. I never made it to the new One Trade Center but I often visited the roof of World Trade 2. It was awesome.
Hi there, does anyone perhaps recognise the building shown on the cover of Henry Millers book "The Air-Conditioned Nightmare" (1945). I can see from the sleeve that the photo is by Hubert Creekmore., but no idea where. It seems to be very similar to the Metropolitan Life North Building, in NYC, but that's not it! Any help appreciated!!
Lever House 1952 architect was Gordon Bunshaft for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The Look Building 1950 architects were Emery Roth & Sons
Union Carbide Building 1960 architects were Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. This building will replace the Singer Building as the tallest building ever to be demolished which is nothing to brag about.
Summit Hotel 1962 architect was Morris Lapidus
Tower East Apartments 1962 architect was Emery Roth & Sons
Eldorado Apartments 1930 designed by architect Emery Roth
Bowling Green in lower Manhattan in 1941
Beekman Tower Hotel 1929