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Singer Building

Identification

Singer Building
102519

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Structure in General

skyscraper
demolished [destroyed]
second empire

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The Singer Building was constructed from September 1906 to May 1908.
  • Plans to enlarge the Singer Company headquarters at Broadway and Liberty Street in lower Manhattan began in 1902 when the sewing machine company purchased properties to the north and west.
  • A former design by architect Flagg was a thirty-five story tower, but the Singer company soon decided to nearly double that height with a tower of almost 600 feet.
  • The tower was clad in red brick and bluestone.
  • One of the reasons the tower was demolished is that it was viewed as obsolete and unprofitable, with its floorplates measuring only 19.5 meters across.
  • Tallest building ever to be demolished by a company. Replaced by One Liberty Plaza, originally known as the U.S. Steel Building.
  • World's tallest building from 1908 - 1909; surpassed by the Metropolitan Life Tower.

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Location

149 Broadway at Liberty Street, NW Corner
10013
Financial District
Manhattan
New York City
New York
U.S.A.

Technical Data

612.11 ft
612.11 ft
612.11 ft
47
1906
1908
1968

Involved Companies

Ernest Flagg
general contractor, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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