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Night view of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District skyscrapers and Brooklyn Bridge’s viaduct. View looking southwest from East River, late 1962.

Photo: Shostal, New York.

Source: Roland Gööck. “Maravillas del Mundo. Prodigios de la Naturaleza y realizaciones del hombre, desde las cataratas del Niágara hasta las bases espaciales”. (España, Barcelona, Ediciones Nauta, 1968).

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Throwback Thursday: An Aluminum Vision

Located five miles north of Richmond, Virginia, the former Reynolds Metals Company Headquarters was completed in 1958 and designed by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM. To demonstrate the many possible uses of aluminum to Reynolds’ visiting clients, the building featured more than 1.2 million pounds of the metal—integrated into everything from cladding to carpets. Architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson once said that the building “exemplifies the genius and promise of post–World War II American modernism”—qualities that made the case for the building to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the year 2000.

Night view looking southeast of Midtown Manhattan from the top of Times Square’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, in the Summer of 1987. The 45-story Interchem Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1969) are at left, and the 40-story New York Telephone Building (Kahn & Jacobs, 1974) with the 102-story Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) are visible at center.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Michael George “New York Today” (New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1988)

New York Telephone Switching Building. 811 Tenth Avenue between West 53rd to 54th streets, Kahn & Jacobs. Architects, 1961-1963. View of the building in the fall of 1963.

Photo: New York Telephone, Co.

Source:  “Circle Line covers the waterfront” (New York, Circle Line, 1968).

Park Avenue and 57th Street looking south, shortly before Christmas, 1963. The First National City Bank Building (Carson & Lundin-Kahn & Jacobs, 1961) are on foreground, left, with the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (Schultze & Weaver, 1931) and the new 50-story Chemical Bank New York Trust Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1964) under construction at background. Union Carbide (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1960), ITT (Emery Roth & Sons, 1961) and Manufacturers Hanover Trust (Emery Roth & Sons, 1961) buildings are at right. The Pan Am (Walter Gropius-Emery Roth & Sons, Pietro Belluschi, 1963) and New York General (Warren & Wetmore, 1929) are at center.

Photo: Victor Laredo.

Source: Victor Laredo, Thomas Reilly. “New York City: A Photographic Portrait” (New York, Dover, 1973).