Singer Building

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Official Name Singer Building
Structure Type Building
Status Demolished
Country United States
City New York City
Street Address & Map 149 Broadway
Postal Code 10013
Building Function office
Structural Material steel
Proposed 1905
Construction Start 1906
Completion 1908
Demolished 1968

Companies Involved

Design Ernest Flagg
Material Supplier
• Cladding John B. Rose Co.; Martin P. Lodge; J. J. Spurr & Sons
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company
• Fire Proofing National Fireproofing Company
• Flooring John T. Brady & Co.
• Steel Milliken Brothers, Inc.

CTBUH Initiatives

Building Tall Lecture Addresses Skyscraper Renovations
29 Nov 2018 – Event Report

CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Demolished Buildings
4 Jun 2018 – CTBUH Research

First CTBUH Demolition Working Group Meeting
5 Nov 2014 – Event Report

More Initiatives

CTBUH Initiatives Related to Singer Building

Building Tall Lecture Addresses Skyscraper Renovations
29 Nov 2018, Chicago – Event Report
The latest event in the Building Tall Lecture Series, hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center and CTBUH, featured a panel on revitalizing iconic skyscrapers.
CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Demolished Buildings
4 Jun 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Research
Following the planned demolition of 270 Park Avenue, the Council has conducted a research study on the Top 10 Tallest Buildings Demolished so far.
First CTBUH Demolition Working Group Meeting
5 Nov 2014, Amsterdam – Event Report
The first meeting of the CTBUH Tall Buildings Demolition Working Group discussed an entire spectrum of possibilities for demolition.
TBIN New York
4 Oct 2011, New York City – Event
New York’s dramatic skyline, over a century in the making, has for years been the envy of cities around the world. From the very birth of the tall building typology, New York has been at the forefront…
Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings
Dec 2009, Chicago – CTBUH News
This article describes some of the events which took place in the Council's long, and sometimes complex, history of measuring tall buildings.

Research Papers

World's Tallest Demolished Buildings
27 Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II

New York City Scrapers
Aug 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III

The Tallest Buildings in the World: Past, Present & Future
Jun 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II

Other Building Facts

Tallest building in the world 1908 - 1909. Park Row Building and surpassed by the Metropolitan Life Tower

When built, the Singer Building was topped by a 62 ft. flagpole, giving it a tip height of 674 ft. (205.4 m.)

Was demolished in 1968 to make way for 1 Liberty Plaza, making it the tallest building ever to be demolished by design.

The 41-story tower with its 14-story base comprise an expansion of the original 10-story Singer Building, designed by the same architect and built in 1897 on the northwest corner of Broadway and Liberty Street.

The building contained 15 elevators, four of which serviced the tower portion.

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