There are many famous skyscrapers that initiated the creation of beautiful skylines in cities across the country. Many of these buildings are still standing. Here are some of the oldest skyscrapers in the US.
The oldest skyscrapers in America
The Delaware Building is one of America's oldest skyscrapers. It was built in 1862 in Chicago, Illinois. Within a decade of being built, architects had to rebuild it due to major structure damage that occurred from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that destroyed more than 3 square miles of the city. Due to its beauty, significance, and Italian structure of the nineteenth century, Delaware Building is registered as a historical place and a Chicago landmark. The building is also famous for its early use of precast concrete construction.
New York Tribune Building
The New York Tribune Building was once located at 154 Printing House Square at Spruce Street where 1 Pace Plaza is located today. The building was constructed in 1875 as the headquarters of the New York Tribune. At the time of its construction, the New York Tribune Building was the second tallest building in New York. This particular skyscraper was the world's first building to have a high rise elevator. The building was a beautiful piece of masonry structure designed by Richard Morris Hunt. It was demolished in 1966 to be replaced with 1 Pace Plaza Building.
Tample Court Building and Annex
The Tample Court Building and Annex was built in 1881 at 5 Beekam Street in New York City. It was built to model a building with the same name in London that was owned by Inns of Court with the goal of attracting lawyers to New York City. In 2001, the last of its tenants moved out. Today the building is known as The Beekam Hotel and is officially designated as one of the city's landmarks.
Hotel Chelsea is located at 222 West 23rd street near Chelsea, Manhattan. Built in 1884, Hotel Chelsea is a New York City landmark and is officially registered on the National Register of Historical Places. It has served as home to many writers, musicians, artists and actors, and its legacy is greatly tied to the famous personalities who stayed there.
The Rookery Building is a Chicago, Illinois landmark. It is one of the city's most historical and beautifully designed pieces of architecture. The building was built in 1886 and stands at 181 feet tall. The twelve story building was intelligently designed as a fusion of new and old building techniques. Rookery Building is Chicago's oldest standing high rise today.
More than bricks and concrete
These old buildings continue to tell the story and culture of the area where they stand. They represent more than bricks and concrete for their tenants and neighborhood, and they are an important part of the history of the development process.
The Oldest Skyscrapers in the United States
|Rank||Building Name||Date of Construction||Location||Still standing?|
|1||Delaware Building||1862||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|2||Equitable Life Building||1870||New York, New York||No|
|3||New York Tribune Building||1875||New York, New York||No|
|4||Phelan Building||1881||San Francisco, California||No|
|5||Temple Court Building and Annex||1881||New York, New York||Yes|
|6||Produce Exchange||1884||New York, New York||No|
|7||Home Insurance Building||1884||Chicago, Illinois||No|
|8||Hotel Chelsea||1884||New York, New York||Yes|
|9||Sun Building||1885||Washington, D.C.||Yes|
|10||Rookery Building||1886||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|11||Dexter Building||1887||Chicago, Illinois||No|
|12||Tacoma Building||1889||Chicago, Illinois||No|
|13||Second Leiter Building||1889||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|14||Ames Building||1889||Boston, Massachusetts||Yes|
|15||New York Times Building||1889||New York, New York||Yes|
|16||Rand McNally Building||1890||Chicago, Illinois||No|
|17||Old Chronicle Building||1890||San Francisco, California||Yes|
|18||Luzon Building||1890||Tacoma, Washington||No|
|19||Metropolitan Building||1890||Minneapolis, Minnesota||No|
|20||The New York World Building||1890||New York, New York||No|
|21||Monadnock Building||1891||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|22||Wainwright Building||1891||St. Louis, Missouri||Yes|
|23||Pabst Buildin||1891||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||No|
|24||Masonic Temple Building||1892||Chicago, Illinois||No|
|25||Ludington Building||1892||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|26||Mills Building and Tower||1892||San Francisco, California||Yes|
|27||Courthouse Place||1893||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|28||The Arc at Old Colony||1893||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|29||Hotel Gerard||1893||New York, New York||Yes|
|30||New York Life Insurance Building||1894||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|31||Winthrop Building||1894||Boston, Massachusetts||Yes|
|32||American Tract Society Building||1894||New York, New York||Yes|
|33||56 Pine Street||1894||New York, New York||Yes|
|34||Manhattan Life Insurance Building||1894||New York, New York||No|
|35||Reliance Building||1895||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|36||Marquette Building||1895||Chicago, Illinois||Yes|
|37||Osborne Apartments||1895||New York, New York||Yes|
|38||Milwaukee City Hall||1895||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Yes|