Singer Tower: 1908 - 1968

Up until September 11, 2001 the Singer Tower was the tallest building ever to be demolished. There was a much heated Landmarks Preservation battle to save the elegant structure, but eventually the powers of commerce prevailed. Designed by Earnest Flagg, the building had held a prominent focal point along Manhattan's skyline. It was replaced by U. S. Steel's No. 1 Liberty Plaza, which was built to show off the vertical faces of its steel structure, versus the "graceful shaft in Renaissance Eclectic style" (Wolfe, New York: A Guide to the Metropolis) of Flagg's Tower.