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Old Posted Apr 23, 2007, 10:29 PM
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Smile NEW YORK | Citigroup Center | 915 FT / 279 M | 59 FLOORS | 1977

The former Citicorp Center, completed in 1977, stands 915 ft tall, one of the tallest in Manhattan.
It's also one of my favorite Manhattan skyscrapers.

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One of my all time fave's. The design is very tight.
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A great building from an era -- the 70s -- that people love to slam for giving us nothing of value architecturally.

Nice photos NYguy.
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Is it possible not to like this building?

I love how the next door 599 Lexington Bldg compliments CitiGroup.
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Is there actually a church on the corner of the site? Wikipedia says that is why they built on the stilts like that. Some more pics of the base would be cool.
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One of my all time favorites.
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Is there actually a church on the corner of the site? Wikipedia says that is why they built on the stilts like that. Some more pics of the base would be cool.
There is a church at the northwestern corner of the tower, but I couldn't quite frame it right standing underneath.
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Defnitely a unique building. Citigroup Center was one of those buildings that helped spark my interest in skyscrapers since the design is so fascinating. I remember thinking it was just so cool how it could stand there on stilts.
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One of my favorites as well... it defines the Midtown skyline when viewed from the east (most notably Queens). Too bad the solar panel concept of the project never quite made it to fruition...
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A classic and definetly a bright spot for New York when it was built during the city's darkest days. It's interesting what had to be done to stablize the tower against high winds after they built the place.
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it's also amazing that the hurricane which could have brought the building down changed course.

i love how the building is lit up a night. some people find it too bulky and ungraceful but i think it's a knockout.
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I love this tower... but it is sad that Google Earth doesn't seem love it as much. They just managed to hid it away.

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The thing looks great from queens as mentioned above. The base however, makes me feel uncomfortable when I've been around it. Not the legs neccesarily, its just that the whole thing isn't put together right at the bottom (my opinion).

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I love this tower... but it is sad that Google Earth doesn't seem love it as much. They just managed to hid it away.
At least they left the church visible... I think Miles Davis (or some other musician) had a funeral there.
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I know this is probably not true, but I remeber reading in a skyscraper book that the stilts of the citigroup center were not built to last a long lifespan. It said that because of the the church situation, the stilts were rushed in the design and not properly built to withstand a longterm fulfillment.

I for one don't see how that is possible, but its just some information.
I happen to love this building and it is on of my favorites.
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I've always liked the adjacent 'cannery' building.
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Beautiful building. Definitely one of my favorites.
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One of a handful of truly iconic skyscrapers.
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From the City Review...
http://www.thecityreview.com/citicorp.html

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The new St. Peter's church building is shaped abstractly like two hands held together in prayer, with large vertical windows offering passersby glimpses into its interior and the Erol Beker Chapel that contains a large sculptural wall by Louise Nevelson. The church was well known for its jazz programs under the Rev. Ralph E. Peterson, and those programs have continued after its rebuilding.

The gray granite-clad church structure's sharply angled form echoes the angularity of the Citicorp Center roofline. At first glance, the form and texture of the church appears a bit ungainly and perhaps it might have been more attractive if it had been clad in the same material as the tower, or even better, a chrome-colored surface. While it was understandable that the church wanted to have its own identity separate from the tower, it is a little lamentable that its unpolished granite facade was not polished or more similar, and better, than the tower's. As it is, the church's facade seems a little like a poor relation.Nonetheless, the contrapuntal concept is marvelous and works well.

The bank had hoped that it could convince the city to extend the special zoning district it had created for much of midtown Fifth Avenue to its new site so that it could build a bigger building by including apartments at the top. The angled roofline was originally conceived to be composed of setback penthouses facing south for maximum exposure. The city, however, did not go along with such suggestions, but the striking form took on a design force of its own. For a long time, however, the slant was planned to go down from the top to the west to relate to the angled top of the Chrysler Building as viewed from north on Lexington Avenue.

When the apartment component of the mixed-use project was dropped, however, the bank considered its present configuration, facing south, to maximize its potential for using solar collectors to help lower the building's energy costs. That technology, however, was not well enough advanced and the plan for the collectors was dropped, but the form was kept.
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