Thursday, March 4, 2010

Skyscraper Base Building

Media Credit: College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Cal Poly, Connections Magazine, Fall 2009, “Crowning Glory”, page 4.

Historic Hearst Corporation Building
A New York City landmark, the Hearst Corporation Building in Manhattan was from its inception intended to become a towering skyscraper that would provide the offices for all Hearst employees working in New York City. Upward construction of the project was stopped in 1928 by circumstances that came to be called the Great Depression.

The base building, a small percentage of the project’s planned total structural area, was completed, occupied, and eventually became recognized as a historic monument. The building -- actually a multi-storey base building for a skyscraper tower -- served it’s owners, occupants, and the public for a number of years. Surely, city dwellers and visitors became familiar with its pleasing presence, purpose, and street space impacts at the site