среда, 13 июня 2012 г.

Chanin Building

One of New York's most stunning Art Deco buildings, the Chanin Building uses a number of different materials in many inventive ways.
Centrally located on East 42nd Street near the Grand Central Terminal, the 
Chanin Building, New York City
Chanin Building
Chanin Building was constructed between 1927 and 1929 for noted developer Irwin Chanin by Sloan and Robertson architectural firm. One of the tallest buildings of its time, it contains 56 floors and stretches to a towering 680 feet.

Irwin S. Chanin
The Chanin Building was seen by some as an example of the American Dream. A mere 20 years before the completion of this massive skyscraper, the developer, Irwin S. Chanin, an engineer who had worked on the construction of New York's subway, decided to get into the construction business. With only 200$ and some additional funding he started building small houses in Brooklyn. Soon he would expand into the construction of hotels, theaters and apartment buildings, amassing a fortune in the process.
Irwin Chanin himself saw the Chanin building as an 'architectural beauty wedded to business efficiency' and advertised the skyscraper in brochures as an icon of progress.

East Coast War Memorial

The United States boasts many memorials dedicated to those who've lost their lives in combat. Specifically, New York City's East Coast Memorial pays homage to those who gave of their lives during World War II
East Coast War Memorial, New York
East Coast War Memorial
while engaged in combat in the vast Atlantic Ocean.
Erected in 1963 and dedicated by former U.S. president John F. Kennedy, the East Coast War Memorial was commissioned by a small independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government known as the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). The commission was established in 1923 "to commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces where they have served overseas since 1917, and within the U.S. when directed by public law".

Columbia University

The oldest university in New York and the fifth oldest in the United States, Columbia University was founded as an Anglican institution in 1754.
Columbia University, Manhattan, New York
Columbia University
Established by a charter issued by King George I, the university was first known as King's College and 30 years later - after the American Revolution - changed its name to Columbia.

The Campus of Columbia University

Columbia has occupied its current site in Manhattan's Morningside Heights district since 1897. The president at that time, Seth Low, hoped that the move uptown would give the university more room to expand.