5 Beautiful Buildings in NYC for Architecture Lovers

Let’s take a look at some of the city’s most beautiful buildings and where to find them:

1. Oculus

Explore the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava  (cost $4 billion).The skylight or “eye” looks to the heavens and floods the building with light. The  mall is an architectural feat – bright white, stunning, and visible from a distance. Inside the Oculus Mall (by Westfield), you can find a whole host of stores to visit. Some of the most popular include the Apple Store, Freedom Wine Cellar, Pandora, and Samsonite. If you want a bite to it, you’re in luck. The mall has great dining options, too.

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2. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral takes up an entire block on Fifth Avenue from 50th to 51st streets, across from Rockefeller Plaza and smack dab in the middle of midtown Manhattan. Even with all of the chaos outside its walls, you’ll be enveloped in a sea of calm and quiet when you enter this Roman Catholic cathedral. St. Patrick’s is the seat of the city’s Archbishop, as well as the mother church of the Archdiocese of New York.

The cornerstone of the current cathedral, which is built in the Gothic Roman style, was installed in 1858, on the site of the former St. John’s Church — at that time, far outside the city. It took 21 years to complete the cathedral, due to the disruption of the Civil War and the need for more funds. St. Patrick’s Cathedral was officially opened in 1879, although its spires were built in 1888, and the Lady Chapel, stained glass, railings, gallery organ, bronze doors and more were all added later. Extensive renovations to reinforce and maintain the cathedral have been made in the last 35 years.

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3. Grand Central Terminal

This famous landmark and transportation hub in Midtown is also a charming and enthralling dining, shopping and cultural center. Offering 60 shops, 35 restaurants and eateries, numerous places of artistic beauty and tales of intrigue, this culturally rich building and icon has been open to the public since February 1913.

There are many areas, items and points of major interest within Grand Central Terminal on East 42nd Street in New York, created by the senior architect, Mark Saulnier. At the historic Information Booth with its beloved opal-faced clock, you can get information about all aspects of the history and happenings at Grand Central through the years.

The high vaulted design of the Main Concourse displays a splendid zodiac ceiling with 12 constellations painted in elegant gold leaf and 2,500 stars. Fifty-nine of these stars have LED illumination.

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4. New York Public Library

This National Historic Landmark is one of the top architectural marvels in Manhattan, and with its two giant lion statues guarding the entrance and its all marble Beaux-Arts splendor is well worth the visit even if libraries are not usually your thing. Just behind the library, Bryant Park awaits, a lush 10-acre greenspace that is one of the city’s top parks and hosts a variety of activities throughout the year. This indoor outdoor combo provides one of the most rewarding ways to spend a couple hours in Midtown.

 

 

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5. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim New York is one of the city’s most famous museums. It’s a landmark by its own right, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation recognized the need for it in 1959 once they had amassed such an amazing collection of art that they realized they needed a permanent building to house the collection. Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design the building in New York City, and the museum has been drawing visitors from all over the world ever since.

The building itself is probably the most famous aspect of the museum. Frank Lloyd Wright spent over 16 years creating sketches and working drawings for the building. It sits on portion of land between 88th and 89th streets on Fifth Avenue, and construction first broke ground in 1956, opening in 1959, just six months after the architect’s death. In 1992, a 10-story tower was added to the structure to provide space for a sculpture gallery with views of Central Park, an auditorium and a restaurant called The Wright.

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