Architecture and design

New York City

This iconic city is home to some of the world's most memorable architecture, but people have had to fight to preserve some of it.

1900 - 1980

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A Landmark Decision: Penn Station, Grand Central, and the architectural heritage of NYC
A Landmark Decision: Penn Station, Grand Central, and the architectural heritage of NYC

New York put growth ahead of all else, resulting in the loss of important historic buildings, like Penn Station.

Van Alen, The Chrysler Building
Van Alen, The Chrysler Building

The Art Deco style of this skyscraper was urbane and luxurious—a swansong of glamor as the Great Depression hit.

Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center

Word to the wise: don’t put an anti-capitalist mural in a building owned by millionaires unless you want it trashed.

Cass Gilbert, Woolworth Building
Cass Gilbert, Woolworth Building

Advanced steel-frame construction techniques enabled this to be the world’s tallest building from 1913 to 1930.

Selected Contributors | New York City