FEBRUARY – MARCH, 2015
A selection of American buildings, bridges and other structures built and opened in the years 1900 to 1920 – View 300 images from this category at NEW STRUCTURES.
NYC SUBWAY 1902-1904: A massive effort, indeed. Shown: Station at Columbus Circle, in course of construction. The steel work is here shown in place, and the concrete roof, floor, and walls are finished. The walls are not yet faced with glazed tiles, and the station work is unfinished.
VENUE: 1905 New York City – The Hippodrome. A huge theater 5000+ capacity) in New York, it opened in 1905. It was designed by Frederick Thompson and Elmer Dundy, creators of the Luna Park amusement park at Coney Island
Original caption – Panama Canal Locks, 1914 [postcard]
BRIDGE: Building the Hellgate (rail) Bridge in Astoria, Long Island, NY, early 1900’s. The bridge crosses the Hell Gate, a strait of the East River, between Astoria and Wards Island in Manhattan.The strait has been historically dangerous. That is how the name came about.
TRAIN STATION: Michigan Central Station This hulking Beaux-Arts train station was the tallest train station in the world at the time of its construction in 1912. It was designed by Warren & Wetmore and Reed and Stem—the same architects behind New York’s Grand Central Terminal. [abandoned since 1988]
SKYSCRAPER: Fisher Building, Chicago 1900, 3 years after it opened but it was completed with a north addition in 1906. Style: The Chicago School. “L” runs pass (pictured) it in the Loop area.
RESORT: The Buck Hill Inn in Pennsylvania was built in 1901 by the Quakers. Eventually it was a place that the Mob liked to frequent, and the owners were more than willing to bend rules themselves. It’s said that in 66 years of operation, 73 people died at the hotel. Five, in fact, died in one room, #354.
FIRE HOUSE: Engine Company 224 (1903), 274 Hicks Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York
SKYSCRAPER: The iconic Flatiron Building, New York, shortly after its construction in 1903
HOME OFFICE: Wilmington, Delaware,The DuPont Building, 1907
UP and DOWN: One set of Macy’s wooden escalators. Built in 1902, Macy’s Herald Square was the first building in the world to have the modern day escalator.
MANHATTAN-BROOKLYN 1903: The Williamsburg Bridge is a suspension bridge in New York City across the East River connecting the Lower East Side of Manhattan at Delancey Street with the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. It has two tracks on each side for elevated-subway routes. When it opened it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
MUSIC VENUE: Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass, 1900 It was designed by McKim, Mead and White, and built in 1900 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is of the Renaissance architectural style.
SKYSCRAPER: The Woolworth Building in New York City. In the early decades of the 20th century, commercial behemoths began to utilize architectural design as a metaphor for the prosperity and aspirations of their corporations. In 1910, Frank Winfield Woolworth—owner of the “five and dime” Woolworth retail chain—commissioned Cass Gilbert to design a “Cathedral of Commerce” as a testament to the firm’s commercial strength, complete with Gothic ornamentation and the world’s fastest elevators.