Gaudi’s Manhattan tower

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Drawings of proposed Gaudi skyscraper in Manhattan, near ground zero. (The Daily Beast)

That Gaudi had considered erecting a New York skyscraper is not widely known. William O’Connor writes of it in “Gaudi’s Lost Manhattan Tower” for the Daily Beast. O’Connor prates absurdly of Gaudi’s modernism – more than any other major architect, including Frank Lloyd Wright, he was sui generis, his fascination with ornament precluding him from the modernist canon. But the Beast’s writer goes on to introduce some interesting details about the project that might be new to many readers. So far as I know, aside from this, Gaudi neither built nor proposed work outside his native Spain. It seems, then, that even in 1908, when the tower was proposed during a visit from railroad tycoon William Gibbs McAdoo, a future presidential candidate and treasury secretary under Wilson, New York was where it was happening, skyscraperwise.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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1 Response to Gaudi’s Manhattan tower

  1. Too bad it never happened. I love Gaudí.


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