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World Building

Identification

World Building
Pulitzer Building, New York World Building, The World Building
102515

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The structural system of the World Building was a hybrid "cage" frame.
  • Steel framing was used to support the interior structure, but the exterior masonry walls contributed lateral stability and some vertical support.
  • The facade was red sandstone, brick and terra-cotta, with red and gray granite at the arched entryway.
  • Columns embedded in the exterior walls carried the floor loads, transferring lateral forces between the frame and the masonry.
  • Construction commenced October 10, 1889 and finished December 10, 1890.
  • The New York World Building was the tallest of several high-rise structures built for major newspapers in the late 19th century.
  • The World Building and New York Tribune Building were demolished in 1955 for the expanded automobile entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Joseph Pulitzer placed his private office at the second level of the dome where he could easily look down on the other buildings of Newspaper Row.
  • The tower stretched 309 feet to the top of the lantern, measured from the steep grade of Frankfort Street rather than the main frontage on Park Row.
  • The number of stories is disputed; estimates range from the 26 stories claimed by the World to the 16 or 18 suggested by recent scholars.
  • Commissioned by the famous editor Joseph Pulitzer, the World Building (also known as Pulitzer Building) was the first building in New York to surpass the 284-foot spire of Trinity Church.

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Location

Park Row at Frankfort Street, NE Corner to Brooklyn Bridge
10038
Civic Center
Manhattan
New York City
New York
U.S.A.

Technical Data

349.00 ft
308.99 ft
308.99 ft
20
1889
1890
1955

Involved Companies

George B. Post
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