1. 75 Livingston Street, New York (Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building)

Built as an office building it was converted into a residential tower in 1981. This corner building takes advantage of its position to build a mass of rotated and indented volumes that create a vertical tempo. Also, there are many interesting gothic details – take a look a the the building’s portal. The tower is part of the Skyscraper Historic District in Brooklyn. It was designed by Ukranian born architect Abraham J. Simberg.

Photo by GrissJr

Location: 65 Court Street, New York

2. Bush Tower

Initially it was built as a commercial meeting space but in 1938 it was converted to offices. The architects of this skyscraper wanted to make a model for a narrow building within the block so, naturally, they opted for Gothic Revival. The upper zone of the skyscraper makes an octagonal form so together with the lateral lightwell with a pointed arch can resemble an unfinshed gothic cathedral belfry. Designed by Helmle & Corbett and completed in 1918.

Location: 130-132 West 42nd Street, New York

3. Cathedral Building (Federal Realty Building)

This building is one of those corner triangular buildings that seem to enchant tourists and photographers. It houses both condos and offices and despite its neo gothic facade it was built with concrete. The steep roof with turrets gave the building’s appearance that led to the „Cathedral Building“ nickname in 1969. Designed by  Benjamin Geer McDougall and completed in 1914. SocketSite has a small article on the building’s interior here.

Photo by Sanfranman59

Location: 1615 Broadway,Oakland, California.

4. Cathedral of Learning

This 535 feet (163 m) tall Pittsburg landmark is know for being the second tallest gothic styled building in the world and the tallest education building in the Western hemisphere. Pretty good reasons to use steel frame structure. It is the administrative center of the Pittsburgh University campus. The Cathedral of Learning houses 30 Nationality Rooms that pay tribute to different cultures that influenced Pittsburg’s growth. Designed by Charles Klauder and finished in 1934.

Photo by Notyourbroom

Location: 4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh

5. McAllister Tower Apartments

What makes this skyscraper really interesting is the fact it was concieved as a church and a hotel. The investors had a plan to merge Methodist Episcopal congregations in San Francisco into one space and decided to add the hotel too. Unfortunately the hotel dind’t attract enough guests so the Church had to leave. In 1978 it was bought by University of California and refurbished into student apartments. Today you can still see the former church facade with pointed arches. The formerchurch entrance is blocked with planters. Designed by Miller & Pflueger and Lewis P. Hobart, completed in 1930.

Photo by Beyond My Ken

Location: 100 McAllister Street, San Francisco, California (corner building)

6. PPG Place

This neogothic jewel clad in glass clearly inspired by London’s Houses of Parliament was built as the headquarters of former  Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. Since PPG manufactures glass plates the choice to use glazed walls seemed obvious. This led to using almost one million square feet of PPG reflective glass and other unique extrusions. To further enhance the vertical tempo the whole facade has bay windows that end up as spires. If you are an architectural photographer you will love this building for its magnificent reflections during dawn and dusk. Designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee completed in 1984.

Photo by Derek Jensen (Tysto) 

Location: 600 PPG Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania., http://www.ppgplace.com/

7. Tribune Tower

One of the most famous landmarks in Chicago is 462 feet (141 m) tall Tribune Tower, named after the most-read daily newspapers in the city. The design competition held in 1922 attracted many notable architects like Adolf Loos. Walter Gropius or Bruno Taut. The winners were  John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood and the building was completed in 1925. The design was inspired by the south tower of Rouen Cathedral (Tour de beurre). To make it more interesting the lower levels have incorporated stones from the world’s famous buildings like the Great Pyramid or the Great Wall of China.Learn more on the offical website.

Photo by Potro

Location: 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, USA

8. New York Life Insurance Building

It is the second and the last building built in neo-gothic style by Cass Gilbert, the architect who is famous for designing the Woolworth Building. The skyscraper is  615 feet (187 m) tall and it is topped with a copper roof covered with gold leafs, later replaced by ceramic tiles. 72 gargoyles can be found on this skyscraper inspired by Salisbury cathedral. Completed in 1928.

Photo by ButtonwoodTree 

Location: 51 Madison Avenue, New York City , United States

9. Woolworth Building

One of the most famous skyscrapers in New York. At the time of completion in 1912 the skyscraper was the tallest building in the world (792 feet (241 m)) until the construction of Chrysler building in 1930. The buliding resembles a narrow gothic cathedral with a tower rising on the east facade. The whole structure was built with steel frames and clad in terra cotta. The ground level contains a richly ornate lobby with vaulted ceiling. Designed by Cass Gilbert and completed in 1912.


Photo by chrisinphilly5448

Location: 233 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City

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