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Singer Building

The Singer Building at Liberty Street and Broadway in Manhattan, New York was an office building completed in 1908 as the headquarters of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.

Manhattan view, c. 1909-1910; Singer Building tower in the left center
The building's architect, Ernest Flagg, was a supported of height limitations and restrictive zoning, and showed his solution to tall building crowding with the Singer's set-back design. The 12-story base of the building filled an entire blockfront, while the tower above was only 65 feet square in plan.

At 612 feet above grade, the Singer Building was the tallest building in the world from its completion until the completion in 1909 of the Metropolitan Life Tower on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. It is the tallest building ever intentionally demolished (in 1968) and was, until the destruction of the World Trade Center, the tallest building ever demolished.

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