BHS- Where you want to go, if you love to write!
The Singer Building used to be one of the most iconic buildings in New York City, but it is now forgotten and gone from the city that never sleeps. This skyscraper stood at an impressive 186 meters and was the tallest building in the world from 1908-1909, until the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower was constructed. This structure was commissioned by Frederick Bourne, who was the head of Singer Sewing Company (hence the name 'Singer'). He hired architect Ernest Flagg, who was a designer of an architectural style called Beaux-Arts. This man believed that buildings more than 10 or 15 stories high should be set back from the street, which would explain why the Singer Building tower only occupies one quarter of the lot. The narrow tower’s floors were squares that measured twenty meters on each side. It featured magnificent classical detail on the exterior that was visible from all points in the city. The main lobby of this building was quite impressive, with ornate columns rising high up into several domes. Singer operated out of this building for around fifty years before moving to the Rockefeller Center in 1961. William Zeckendorf then obtained the building and pleaded for the New York Stock Exchange to move there, but was unsuccessful. Sadly, this outstanding feat of architecture was uneconomical because of its small interior sizes. The demolition of the Singer Building commenced in 1967 and ended in 1968. If the structure was deemed a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, it would have been saved. I think that it should have been given a landmark status, as it was one of the most iconic buildings in the city and could have been used for tourism. Many visitors would have loved to have seen it since the skyscraper was architecturally beautiful and had great views of New York. Despite that, though, the Singer Building became the tallest building to have ever been demolished until the Twin Towers, ironically built on the same location, were destroyed.