40 Wall Street – Tourist Attractions in New York City
40 Wall Street in NYC, New York, USA
40 Wall Street
40 Wall Street is the address of the building that was The Bank of the Manhattan Company building when it was opened, but then became known by the numerical address when its founding tenant merged with the Chase National Bank to form the Chase Manhattan Bank. It became The Trump Building . The building is a 70-story skyscraper in the New York City borough of Manhattan, completed in 1930 after only 11 months of construction. It is located on the north side of Wall Street, between Nassau Street and William Street. Its pinnacle reaches 927 feet (282.5m) and was very briefly the tallest building in the world, soon surpassed by the Chrysler Building finished that same year. The building is now also known as the Trump Building (which adorns the building currently) after a 1996 renovation by Donald Trump who had bought the building. In 1998, the building was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The tower is the tallest mid-block building in New York City. However, being a mid-block building results in it losing much of its impact.
40 Wall Street was planned to be 135 feet (41 m) taller than the nearby Woolworth Building, which was completed in 1913. Most important, the plans were designed to be two feet taller than the Chrysler Building’s planned height of 925 feet (282 m).
However, the Chrysler Building developers secretly changed the projected height of their building after 40 Wall Street was completed. A 125 foot (38 m) spire was secretly assembled in the Chrysler Building’s crown and hoisted into place, fulfilling tycoon Walter Chrysler’s dream of owning the tallest building on Earth. Such glory was shortlived, however, as the Empire State Building would be finished the next year, 1931.
40 Wall Street, New York