By Eric Darton
Whilst the area exchange middle used to be erected on the Hudson River’s facet, it without end replaced the nature of the yankee urban. In Divided We Stand, cultural critic Eric Darton chronicles the lifetime of this billion-dollar construction, utilizing it as a lens by which to view the wider twentieth-century development towards urbanized, worldwide tradition. Drawing on political and social background, Darton pioneers a brand new hybrid style of architectural biography, revealing the convergence of 4 risky components in modern city existence: great tall structures, monetary hypothesis, globalization, and terrorism.
Now with a brand new creation and afterword, Divided We Stand is still the definitive paintings at the beginning and lifetime of the realm alternate heart.
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Unlike the Woolworth building, Chase Plaza did not evoke religious sentiment in its beholders. Bunshaft’s sixty-story, International Style steel and glass slab—anchored in Manhattan schist yet shunning reference to it—embodied a notion of spatial form, and an understanding of wealth, radically different from that represented by J. P. Morgan’s blockhouse or Woolworth’s cathedral. Described by its publicists as “a powerful and superbly equipped machine for handling commerce,” One Chase Plaza proclaimed the bank’s emergence at the forefront of a new, streamlined, globalized finance that leaped adroitly over the outmoded barrier of national frontiers.
Designed to be demolished after the Universal Exposition for which it was built, Eiffel’s soaring iron lacework has since established itself as a permanent symbol of French technical prowess articulated through graceful lines and structural resilience. That same year, more modestly but with no less significance, New York City began its own vertical extrusion on a vacant lot between Beaver Street and Exchange Place on lower Broadway. Realizing to his chagrin that a tall building with standard, thick masonry walls would yield small, low-rent offices, John Stearns, a young silk merchant with real estate dreams, hired Bradford L.
And they legally enshrined a formula for the relationship of height, mass, and rentable floor space, a formula that, in its subsequent incarnation, gave form to the Equitable twins’ grandnephews: Towers 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center. LEVELING, 1920 The force of the September 16 Broad Street blast pitted the marble facade of J. P. ” Junius Spencer Morgan, the great financier’s son and present in the building at the time, was slightly cut on the hands by flying glass. Dazed and wandering among the corpses strewn about Wall Street, a messenger boy patted his intact body in disbelief and discovered the hundred shares of Anaconda Copper he’d been carrying in his back pocket burned to a crisp.