In Pictures: Re-birth of the Skyscraper

100 years on, New York City sees a second surge of mass construction

The 1920s brought about an era of impressive architecture to New York, partially due to the economic boom following the First World War, and skyscrapers began to transform the city’s skyline.

The epoch saw the construction of the internationally renowned Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, The Rockefeller Center and The Irving Trust Building – and, as a result, New York earned its title of the birthplace of the skyscrapers.

Now, 100 years on, a second surge of mass construction is surging throughout the city, particularly in Manhattan.

The spotlight is back on iconic buildings constructed in the 1920s, of which the former Irving Trust Building is a truly excellent example.

The 50-storey Art Dec limestone tower was originally constructed for the Irving Trust company in 1931 by acclaimed architect Ralph Walker.

Occupying a whole block at the corner of Broadway and Wall Street, the impressive building is being transformed by Macklowe Properties into 566 homes, ranging fromstudios to four-bedroom apartments.
Inside, residents will have exclusive use of The One Club, which covers the 38th and 39th floors and includes a 75-foot lap pool, gym and dog grooming service.

On the ground floor, the building's original Red Room is decked out in a colourful mosaic, a matching White Room studded with Mother-of-Peal seashells has been transformed into a unique penthouse

The 'Red Room' of One Wall Street is a 9,000 square foot Art Deco space with a triple height floor-to-ceiling mosaic by muralist Hildreth Meière. Strikng red-orange-gold tiles line the walls of a former private reception on the building's ground level.

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