The Skyscraper Museum
The Skyscraper Museum Gallery
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.


The Museum's director selected the 25 candidates for the Top 10 poll. These represented a spectrum of significant skyscrapers, from the turn of-the-20th-century Park Row Building to the Time Warner Center, the first major skyscraper of the 21st century. Towers of each major period, all still standing, were included, but many buildings of merit did not make the list. Poll respondents were encouraged to write in alternative favorites.

The 25 buildings are listed chronoligically by date of completion.

Click on the building thumbnails for a larger image and a brief historical account.

Park Row


Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower

Bankers Trust Company Building


Barclay - Vesey

Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower

Chrysler Building

Daily News

Empire State


70 Pine St.
/ AIG Building

RCA Building


Lever House

Seagram Building

1 Chase Manhattan Plaza

CBS / Black Rock

140 Broadway 

1 Liberty Plaza

88 Pine Street

Citicorp Center

AT&T /
Sony Building

Time Warner

4 Times Square
/ Conde Nast

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The building profiles were compiled and written by the Museum's summer interns and staff, unless otherwise noted. Special thanks to Heather Trezise for completing the polling and database of survey results and to collector Louis Blumengarten for use of his collection of Flatiron Building Postcards.

Project Staff:
Carol Willis, Director & Curator
Heather Trezise, Polling & Database Collection
Matthew Pinto, Website, Design & Media
Emma White, Design & Installation
Andrew Torres, Model Construction
Reynan Punzalan, Design
Ann Nallo, Research
Joe Wildfire, Media & Installation
Rebecca Schept, Installation