Art Deco Splendor on Exchange
We love the art in the architecture of New York, and were stopped dead in our tracks when passing 20 Exchange Street. The doors at the former City Bank Farmers Trust Building were enough to get me snapping my camera. The barrelled steel doors are engraved with old timey transportation- planes, hot air balloons, and big Titanic-like ships. The Art Deco building itself was initially planned to be built as the world’s tallest building in 1929 by the Cross and Cross firm, at 864.4 feet. But, because of the Depression, construction was pushed back, and it ranked in at the fourth tallest when completed in 1931.
It is still pretty impressive, and its Art Deco ornamentation is worth a stop if you’re in the area. Much of the building has been converted to luxury apartments- those lucky bastards.
What: Art Deco splendor of the City Bank Farmers Trust Building
Where: 20 Exchange Place