The dawn of New York architecture was an incredibly exciting time. With the amount of money being offered for the construction of these monolithic things, it was feared that the earth couldnt withstand the weight, soaring through what felt like Heaven for people back then. But before the era of the Skyscraper as we know it, theme parks reigned supreme with regard to taking the family out, assisting the brooding hormones of adolescence - the ideal place, more or less, a spectacle eo ipso. The rise of popularity lead to the concept of experimental architecture being accepted, making way for stalagmite beauties such as the Home Insurance Building in Chicago (c. 1884) or the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City (c.1930).
Published: 19 Jan 2015