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One Wall Street (originally Irving Trust Company Building)

Ralph Walker, 1932

Abstract

LIKE DYING pharaohs, Wall Street bankers built extraordinary monuments to themselves in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash. One Wall, with its 50-story, 654-foot-tall white limestone towers, is one of the most delicate, even feminine, skyscrapers ever built. Fluted walls, faceted windows, and chamfered corners give the tower a mineral grace, like folds of cloth sculpted in stone. The 180-by-110-foot site without improvements was assessed at $10,250,000—or $520 a square foot—a fortune in Depression dollars.

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Building Type American Business Internationalist View Main Banking Telephone Company 
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© Princeton Architectural Press 2005

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