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New York’s earliest “skyscrapers” were erected in the mid-1870s, when the first office buildings of ten stories piled masonry more than 200 feet high and lifted spires to 260 feet. By 1900, the city boasted 250 structures of ten or more floors, including the world’s tallest office building, the thirty-story 15 Park Row, whose steel skeleton carried it to 391 feet. Elevators and new methods of construction enabled this ascent, but it was the phenomenal growth of the city itself, whose population swelled from less than a million in the 1870s to more than 3.4 million in 1900, that drove New York into its vertical expansion.
TEN & TALLER surveys, for the first time, every building erected in Manhattan through 1900 of ten or more stories. Mapping the city's tallest buildings by both geography and time reveals facts both obvious and surprising.
$5 general admission
$2.50 for students and seniors