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The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.


August 31 2005 - January 22 2006

What are your Top Ten favorite New York skyscrapers? That question was posed in a Skyscraper Museum survey completed by an invited list of 100 knowledgeable New Yorkers and building industry professionals, including architects and engineers, developers, brokers, builders, historians, and critics. The results were seen in FAVORITES, an exhibition at the Museum’s Battery Park City gallery. The exhibit featured models, photographs and film, postcards, commemorative books, and souvenirs.

The winner?

Number 1 by a landslide was the Chrysler Building, making the list of 9 out of 10 participants, with 18 singling it out as their absolute Favorite. The Seagram Building took second place with 76 votes, while the Woolworth and Flatiron buildings tied with 73. The Empire State Building and Lever House ran a dead heat for fifth, followed closely by the RCA Building / 30 Rockefeller Center. Trailing these stars by more than twenty votes were the 1930 McGraw-Hill Building, the CBS Building / Black Rock, and the UN Secretariat.

Top 10 Recap:

Chrysler Building Seagram Building Flatiron Building Woolworth Building Empire State Building
Lever House RCA Building McGraw-
Hill Building
CBS / Black Rock UN Secretariat

How the experts picked 'em: a mosaic of survey results

See all 25 candidate skyscrapers and their capsule histories

See the results of the Public Survey