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Description of Subject Matter: The Standard Oil Building
This curved Manhattan building was built to house the opulence of John D. Rockefeller's oil empire.
Number 26, Broadway was once one of Manhattan’s most imposing buildings. It was designed purposely to be so, for this was the headquarters of the infamous Standard Oil Located at Bowling Green, its most distinctive feature was a vast sweeping facade that perfectly followed the curve of Broadway itself, and a 480-foot-high pyramid tower that dominated the skyline of Lower Manhattan. Designed to convey the huge power and influence of one of the richest men in the world, the unusual curved building was meant to be visible to all passengers sailing into New York harbour, drawing them into the city.
The original building, constructed in 1885 after Rockefeller moved to New York from Ohio, was considerably smaller. But as Standard Oil grew, the building was gradually added to, most notably between 1921 and 1928 by the architect Thomas Hastings, also responsible for the magnificent Cunard building across the street at number 25.
The Standard Oil building was at the time, one of the largest plots of land privately owned in Manhattan, whilst the giant pyramid was modeled on the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
From his imposing headquarters, John D. Rockefeller directed the controversial company that ruthlessly monopolized 90% of the American oil industry. Entering the grandiose arched main entrance, Rockefeller would often tip his hat to the many protestors outside.
The interior was no less opulent, with the main lobby resembling a cathedral’s apse, covered in marble and gilded chandeliers, the doorways enshrined with notable names from the company’s past, the gleaming elevator cars monogramed SO.
The historic decision taken by the Supreme Court in 1911 to break Standard Oil’s monopoly saw Rockefeller’s company split into 34 smaller independent companies, the most notable of which still in existence today are ExxonMobil and Chevron.
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Wikipedia Description: 26 Broadway
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
26 Broadway, also known as the Standard Oil Building, is a 31-story, 520-foot-tall (160 m) landmarked office building located at Bowling Green in the Financial District of New York City. As of 2017, the structure is the 220th tallest building in New York City and the 650th tallest building in the United States. 26 Broadway was also the home address in the late 18th century of Alexander Hamilton, his wife Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, and their family.
Standard Oil's name came from the company's manufacturing standards, which preceded today's ASTM standards.
Standard Oil's first building on the site of 26 Broadway was built in 1885 to design specifications by architect Francis H. Kimball, when Standard Oil moved its headquarters from Cleveland, Ohio. It was a 10-story, 86-foot-wide (26 m) building that extended between Broadway and New Street in Manhattan. It was designed by Ebenezer L. Roberts. In 1895, six stories were added and a 27-foot-wide (8.2 m) extension was made on its north side, designed by Kimball & Thompson. After World War I, Walter C. Teagle decided to greatly expand the structure by buying all four neighboring buildings on the block.
26 Broadway around 1930
The building was extensively overhauled and virtually rebuilt in 1921–28 by Thomas Hastings, the surviving partner of Carrère and Hastings, with Shreve, Lamb and Blake as associate architects. Hastings, who had helped design the Cunard Building (later called the Standard & Poors Building) across the street at 25 Broadway, was chosen as lead architect. The building is unusual in that its lower portion follows the curving contour of Broadway at that point, while its tower is aligned with the other nearby skyscrapers of lower Manhattan. It is one of the first buildings in Manhattan to have setbacks and is topped by a pyramid modeled on the Mausoleum of Maussollos. At the time of completion, the pyramid was the tallest tower at ...More...
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(February) a Civil War Trust conference in Greenville, NC,
(May/June) an American Battlefield Trust conference in Newport News, VA,
(July) my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con via Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,
(August) 2 two-day trips to New York City,
(September) an American Battlefield Trust dinner in Chicago, IL with on-route visits to Charleston, WV, Louisville, KY, Saint Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH,
(October) another two-day trip to New York City for the New York Comic Con.