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Encyclopedia > 40 Wall Street
Bank of The Manhattan Company Building
40 Wall Street
Trump Building
Bank of The Manhattan Company Building
40 Wall Street
Trump Building
was the world's tallest building from April 1930 to May 27, 1930.*
Preceded by Woolworth Building
Surpassed by Chrysler Building
Information
Location New York, New York USA
Status Complete
Constructed 1929-1930
Height
Antenna/Spire 927 feet (282.5 m)
Technical details
Floor count 70

*Fully habitable, self-supported, from main entrance to highest structural or architectural top; see world's tallest buildings and structures for other listings.
upper section, from the east
upper section, from the east

40 Wall Street is the address of the building that was The Bank of the Manhattan Company building when it was opened, but then became known by the numerical address when its founding tenant merged with the Chase National Bank to form the Chase Manhattan Bank. It became The Trump Building (See Below)[1]. The building is a 70-story skyscraper in the New York City borough of Manhattan, completed in 1930 after only 11 months of construction. It is located on the north side of Wall Street, between Nassau Street and William Street. Its pinnacle reaches 927 feet (282.5m) and was very briefly the tallest building in the world, soon surpassed by the Chrysler Building finished that same year. The building is now also known as the Trump Building (which adorns the building currently) after a 1996 renovation by Donald Trump who had bought the building. In 1998, the building was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (507x640, 31 KB) Summary TITLE: Bank of Manhattan Bldg. ... May 27 is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Woolworth Building, at sixty stories, is one of the oldest — and one of the most famous — skyscrapers in New York City. ... The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. ... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, New York, USA, coterminous with New York County. ... NY redirects here. ... While determining the worlds tallest structure has generally been straightforward, the definition of the worlds tallest building or the worlds tallest tower is less clear. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 404 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1677 × 2487 pixel, file size: 728 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) en:40 Wall Steet, upper section File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 404 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1677 × 2487 pixel, file size: 728 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) en:40 Wall Steet, upper section File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The Five Boroughs of New York City: 1: Manhattan 2: Brooklyn 3: Queens 4: Bronx 5: Staten Island In New York City, a borough is a unique form of government used to administer the five constituent counties that make up the city; it differs significantly from other borough forms of... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, New York, USA, coterminous with New York County. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Elaborate marble facade of NYSE as seen from the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets For other uses, see Wall Street (disambiguation). ... Nassau Street is a street in the Financial District of the New York City borough of Manhattan, located near Pace University and New York City Hall. ... For many millennia the record holder for worlds tallest structure was clearly defined (see table below. ... The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. ... Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American business executive, entrepreneur, television personality and author. ... The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is the New York City agency charged with administering New Yorks Landmarks Preservation Law. ...


The tower is the tallest mid-block building in New York City.[2] However, being a mid-block building results in it losing much of its impact.

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Race to be the world's tallest building

40 Wall Street was planned to be 135 feet (41 m) taller than the nearby Woolworth Building, which was completed in 1913. Most important, the plans were designed to be two feet taller than the Chrysler Building's planned height of 925 feet (282 m). The Woolworth Building, at sixty stories, is one of the oldest — and one of the most famous — skyscrapers in New York City. ... The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. ...


However, the Chrysler Building developers secretly changed the projected height of their building after 40 Wall Street was completed. A 125 foot (38 m) spire was secretly assembled in the Chrysler Building's crown and hoisted into place, fulfilling tycoon Walter Chrysler's dream of owning the tallest building on Earth. Such glory was shortlived, however, as the Empire State Building would be finished the next year, 1931. Walter Percy Chrysler (April 2, 1875 – August 18, 1940) was an American automobile pioneer. ... The Empire State Building in New York The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York, NY. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. ...


Miscellaneous

  • The building was designed by H. Craig Severance, along with Yasuo Matsui (associate architect), and Shreve & Lamb (consulting architects). Der Scutt of Der Scutt Architect designed the lobby and entrance renovation[1].
  • It was hit by a United States Coast Guard airplane in 1946 during fog. The crash killed five people, and the pyramidal tower was damaged[1].
  • Though zoned for commercial use only, it has been said that Governor Thomas A. Dewey took residence below the observation deck for a time.
  • When Donald Trump bought the building, he intended to convert the upper half of it to residential space, leaving the bottom half as commercial space. However, today it remains 100% commercial space.
  • Trump bought the building for just $8 million in 1995 before doing extensive renovations. He attempted to sell the building in 2003, expecting offers in excess of $300 million. However, such offers did not materialize and Trump retains control of the building.
    • In the ninth episode of the fourth season of The Apprentice, Trump claimed he only paid $1 million for the building, but that it is actually worth $400 million. This episode aired November 17, 2005.

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See also

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:

New York City has the most skyscrapers in the world with 50 buildings taller than 200 meters and 2 taller than 300 meters. ... The following is a list of buildings in Lower Manhattan, particularly New York Citys financial district, and especially Wall Street. ... This is a list of famous or notable buildings with articles about them. ... Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... The Wikimedia Commons (also called Wikicommons) is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot; AIA Guide to New York City, 4th Edition; New York Chapter, American Institute of Architects; Crown Publishers/Random House. 2000. ISBN 0-8129-31069-8; ISBN 0-8129-3107-6. p.019.
  2. ^ Emporis

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. ...

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Preceded by
Woolworth Building
Tallest Building in New York City
April 1930—May 1930
Succeeded by
Chrysler Building

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