A History of the Singer Building Construction from 1908!
I have always been fascinated by the Singer Building, the world's tallest building from 1908 to 1909. I was never able to find much information on it, until today, when I stumbled upon a treasure - an online scanned version of a 1908 publication on the skyscraper!
The 127 page book includes photos during and after construction, plans, and details on all aspects of the tower, including the interior furnishings and mechanical equipment.
No worries! I saw this and thought: this is too good to not share.
Think about it, this was the tallest office building in the world in the first decade of the 20th century. All those who have worked on this great structure have died many years ago. And the building itself was razed more than 40 years back. If not for photos and this publication, it would be like it never existed.
I wish it could be rebuilt, but it would never have compared to having it here, aged from a century of occupied use.
The Metropolitan Life Building (the next record holder, also in New York) is turning 100 this year, but I still prefer the Singer Building.
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The crown of this building would have made the penultimate condo.
.....The ultimate condo being the crown of the Chrysler, or penthouse at the Top of the Rock, or maybe better still the dirigible mooring deck of the ESB. Runner up for penultimate condo to the top floors of the Tribune Tower in Chicago, which aren't very high but look out at the buttresses and ooze Gotham atmosphere.
stumbled into this thread by accident. wonderful stuff on my favorite destroyed building
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Awesome find. Yeah, I've always been fascinated by it too. It's one of those buildings you really wish you could have back. That elevation drawing that shows the heights of the building, even including the flagpole, is neat.