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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #19

Municipal Building Architect: William M. Kendall Style: Beaux-Arts Use: Legal/Government Opened: 1914 Borough: Manhattan The first skyscraper in the McKim, Mead, and White oeuvre, this contribution to the City Beautiful Movement towers over the Civic Center with its gold statue of Civic Fame, the second tallest woman in New York. Sculpted by Adolph Weinman and …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #20

Guggenheim Museum Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright Style: Modern Use: Museum Opened: 1959 Borough: Manhattan The most iconic and widely loved work of Modern architecture in New York City was the last major contribution from the quixotic, romantic, futuristic Wright. This museum’s legendary ramp was designed for a smooth, symphonic, uninterrupted experience of the art on …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #21

US Customs House Architect: Cass Gilbert Style: Beaux-Arts Use: Museum Opened: 1907 Borough: Manhattan Popularly considered the most exemplary representation of Beaux-Arts architecture in the city, Gilbert’s masterpiece is enhanced by the four Daniel Chester French statues of the continents out front and the extraordinary Reginald Marsh murals inside its rotunda. Though also home to …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #22

NYBG Museum Building Architect: Robert W. Gibson Style: Beaux-Arts Use: Museum Opened: 1902 Borough: The Bronx This Beaux-Arts confection of epic grace and grandeur and the most beautiful building in the Bronx. With its Fountain of Life and Tulip Tree Allee, it offers one of the most majestic approaches in the city. The home of …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #23

Lyceum Theatre Architect: Herts & Tallant Style: Beaux-Arts Use: Theatre Opened: 1903 Borough: Manhattan The first Broadway Theatre to be designated a New York City Landmark (in 1974), this is one of the three oldest in the district, and one of the few to have never been renamed. Its grand white marble columns rise delightfully …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #24

Metropolitan Club Architect: Stanford White Style: Anglo-Italianate Use: Club Opened: 1893 Borough: Manhattan Built on land purchased from the Hamersley Estate (not from the Duchess of Marlborough as stated on the plaque on the club’s Fifth Avenue side) for an organization established two years earlier, this masterpiece of elite social gathering is the ultimate gesture …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #25

New York Yacht Club Architect: Warren & Wetmore Style: Beaux-Arts Use: Club Opened: 1899 Borough: Manhattan Opponents of Beaux-Arts architecture like to insist that form should follow function. But if the function of a building is to celebrate its club members’ mutual love of yachting, this neo-Baroque masterpiece fits the bill perfectly. With the sterns …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #26

Rockefeller Center Architect: Raymond Hood, Associated Architects Style: Art Deco Use: Various Opened: 1932-1939 Borough: Manhattan Declared by the AIA “the greatest urban complex of the 20th century”, this midtown masterpiece is admittedly a complex, not a single building. But it is also perfectly designed for the interdependence of many of the grandest buildings of …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #27

Metropolitan Opera Architect: Wallace K. Harrison Style: Modern Use: Theatre Opened: 1966 Borough: Manhattan The focal point of the magnificent modern performing arts complex of Lincoln Center, the largest opera house in the world could accommodate a 45-story building which, laid on its side, would stretch from the back of the stage to the back …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #28

AIG Building Architect: Clinton & Russell and Holton & George Style: Art Deco Use: Offices Opened: 1932 Borough: Manhattan This jagged javelin of Art Deco verticality is the 10th tallest building in NYC and the 24th tallest in the U.S. though, unlike several of its neighbors, it has never held the world title. Though it …

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