STANDING TALL: photo: Scott Frances - Architecture Digest February 2014
“One World Trade Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, tops off at a majestic 1,776 feet (a nod to the year the U.S. declared its independence), earning its titles of tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. ~ Samuel Cochran
God, Panama’s such a small country but its so special - the capital alone is amazing, I‘ve been there twice myself and there’s still so much more I want to see !
Relevant Fun Facts ! (minus the ones that were mentioned above)
♦ The oldest continually operating railroad is in Panama. It travels from Panama City to Colon and back. It is also the most expensive railway network ever built - it costed 8 million dollars at its time (1850s). ♦ The Point, a large building in Panama City, is the tallest all-residential building in the western hemisphere. At the time of its completion, The Point was the tallest building in all of Latin America (but now its the Trump Tower) ♦ Panama City is the 2nd oldest city in all of Panama, post the founding of Panama’s original settlement; Santa Maria La Antigua Del Darien.
♦ The Panama City rain forest is also one of the only last tropical dry forests of Latin America.
♦ Panama City was the commerce hub / network of the Spanish Empire. Goods and riches from the Inca Empire (Peru) were stocked in Panama prior to being shipped to Spain, making Panama a wealthy colony which is initially attracted the 1671 Henry Morgan invasion (and many others). ♦ The Panama Canal, Panama’s star attraction, generates 1/3 of the country’s entire revenue. ♦ Regardless of actually owning the Panama Canal itself, Panama is only 11th on the top list of countries who use it most.
♦ The Panama Canal is the largest canal in the world, and is currently undergoing the large expansion project which should be ready within 2016. ))
Photo a day: Day 47. This is a picture of ‘8 Spruce Street’ or 'New York by Gehry’ depending on who you ask. Both pretty unimaginative names. 8 Spruce Street is a residential building in lower Manhattan designed by Frank Gehry. The building is 870 feet tall and 76 stories, making it the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.
The brick building that makes up the base of 8 Spruce Street is a five story elementary school.
Apartments range in price from about $2,870/ month for a studio apartment up to $12,125/month for a three bedroom / three bath. There are larger penthouse units, but I couldn’t find out what those rent for.