Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #69

Park Row Building

Architect: R.H. Robertson
Style: Anglo-Italianate
Use: Offices
Opened: 1899
Borough: Manhattan

The tallest building in the world until 1908, this 29-story tower with the 3-story twin cupolas was one of the first buildings to be dubbed a “skyscraper”. Once owned by August Belmont Jr., the Park Row Building housed the first headquarters of the fledgling IRT and the Associated Press. One of many now beloved buildings to be initially reviled upon its opening, it was deemed a “monster” that could only be reared in New York. Today, such a description might be seen as a compliment.

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