Originally Posted by Dralcoffin
Yeah, every year in the late 20s and early 30s, New York was adding the equivalent of most other major skylines to its own. One "what if" I wonder about is if the GD had never happened, what would have happened to skylines? How long would the ESB have stayed the world's tallest? When would the masonry of the pre-war buildings finally give way to the glass boxes?
During the Great Depression, the only major buildings finished in the late 1930s were government structures like New York's Federal Courthouse and Kansas City's City Hall. It's no accident the fastest growing cities in the 1930s were Washington (Fed Gov) and Los Angeles (symbol of a new start).
The Mercantile Exchange Building in Dallas and a few of the Rockefeller Plaza buildings were the only commercial skyscrapers built in the States between 1934 and 1947.
Yeah, I was about to say, Los Angeles, not being as connected to the Financial World as other cities, never really stopped building during the 30s. In fact, most of our best buildings are from the 30s - early 40s.