Mar 29, 2012

100 Gold Street Seen from the Remains of the Tribune Building

The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

100 Gold Street Seen from the Remains of the Tribune Building


Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 25 x 25 cm (9 13/16 x 9 13/16 in.); Paper: 34.5 x 27.8 cm (13 9/16 x 10 15/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2011.246



In his book The Destruction of Lower Manhattan, Lyon relates that 100 Gold Street, an architectural experiment built in 1926, was “the first reinforced concrete structure of its height built and demolished in New York.” In the late 1960s, it was replaced with a nine-story, privately held office building that is now owned by the city and houses its Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Lyon shot this image from the New York Tribune building, which was under demolition. That 18-story structure, proposed by some historians as the earliest skyscraper, was the first high-rise served by an elevator.

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