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5 Historic Buildings in New York That Are Worth Seeing

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Filled with numerous unique buildings, we have always been impressed with New York's architecture. It helped transform the city from a farm to the metropolis we know today. While monuments such as the Statue of Liberty are often synonymous with the city, there are some other buildings that symbolize its rich history.
Architecture.David Emrich/Unsplash

So what are the best architectural works in New York to see? The list can be really long, but still, the following five stand out the most.

1. Empire State Building (1931)

It's hard to imagine New York without the Empire State Building. This Art Deco-style skyscraper held the title of tallest building for 40 years, prior to the construction of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The building was constructed on the site of an 18th-century farm. Fifteen designs were offered for the building, before architects Sherve, Lamb and Harmon (Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, founded as Shreve & Lamb, was an architectural firm) decided on what we see today. Today you can climb the observatory on the 102nd floor and enjoy the amazing panorama of Manhattan.

Address: 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
Empire State Building.Vidar Nordli-Mathisen/Unsplash

2. Chrysler Building (1930)

As the epitome of American art deco architecture, you can not help but notice the curved designs of the Chrysler Building. Built as the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation, the Chrysler building enjoyed the title of the tallest building in the world for 11 months until it was replaced by the Empire State Building. Its steel-metal frame with the decorative metal and the decorative sculptures, amazing interior, leave the building among the best examples of architecture.

Address: 405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10174, United States
Chrysler Building.Luca Bravo/Unsplash

3. Flatiron Building (1902)

Although not as tall as most skyscrapers in New York, the 20-storey Flatiron Tower was the tallest when it was built in the early 20th century. First named Fuller, this architectural marvel got its new name from its iron-like shape. Architect Daniel Burnham made the design using classic elements - the base, axis and facade look like a Greek pillar. Right now, Flatiron is an office building, but the owners want to transform it into a hotel. This is the most photographed monument in the city and it immediately reminds us of New York City.

Address: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States
Another perspective on my most favorite building of all time.Piotr Wieczorek/Unsplash

4. The Guggenheim (1959)

Not only was the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Frank Frank Lloyd Wright's last project, but it completely changed the way people view museum architecture. Frank's goal was to design a temple of the spirit that would allow the public to engage in the collection in a meaningful way. The building received a lot of bad reviews because it supposedly looked like a huge toilet bowl, but its reputation only grew over time. The building attracts as much attention as the works of art it hides inside.

Address: 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, United States
Guggenheim.Dennis Gecaj/Unsplash

5. United Nations Headquarters (1952)

In order to reach the perfect building that will be the seat of the UN, some of the best architects from all over the world were gathered. This included Oscar Niemeyer and many others from China, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and United Nations Headquarters was born. Built in an international style, the complex overlooks the East River and welcomes over 1 million visitors a year.

Address: New York, NY 10017, United States
Sunset over UN building.Daryan Shamkhali/Unsplash

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