Millions of visitors flock to New York each year to witness the excitement of Wall Street, famous for its shoulder-to-shoulder Deco towers jostling for prominence above the canyon like streets. "Skyscraper Rivals" is the first book to examine the architecture of Wall Street between the wars through an amazing array of contemporary and archival ...
Millions of visitors flock to New York each year to witness the excitement of Wall Street, famous for its shoulder-to-shoulder Deco towers jostling for prominence above the canyon like streets. "Skyscraper Rivals" is the first book to examine the architecture of Wall Street between the wars through an amazing array of contemporary and archival images and an informed discussion of the financial, geographical, and historical forces that shaped this district. The book focuses on the AIG Building--once known as the Cities Service Building--and three other major towers in the financial district, in their race to be the tallest, the most modern, and the most lavish. We meet the tycoons who paid for these structures, the architects who designed them, the workers who labored in them, and the artists and photographers who portrayed them. The economics of skyscraper construction and the real-estate market of Wall Street are explained; also included are illuminating details and anecdotes surrounding each building's history. An essay by Carol Willis, director of New York's Skyscraper Museum and author of "Form Follows Finance, " provides an introduction.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. 2001 Stated First Edition and with full printing number line. NEAR FINE in NEAR FINE price intact dust jacket. A crisp, clean, totally unmarked and firmly bound copy. Pages fresh and fine. Hardcover of pictorial paper over boards is clean and near fine-small crease at top of spine, otherwise fine. Binding and hinges firm, intact and straight. Unclipped jacket is clean and complete; lightly shelf rubbed, some soft shallow creasing along edges but no tears or chips. Jacket is in a clear archival protector. A fascinating examination of the architectural development of New York's Wall Street between the World Wars and the financial, geographical and historical forces shaped the district. Generously illustrated with both archival and contemporary photographs (the latter in color). A beautiful copy of this now scarce book. 10 x 12-14"; 208 pages.
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