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20 Exchange Place

20 Exchange Place
New York City NY United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1929
  Finished1931
Floor Count57
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - art deco
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Intended height846 ftLandmarks Comission
Redesigned due to Depression
Antenna748 ft
Roof741 ftCTBUH
225.86 m

Description
Companies
- Architect: Cross and Cross
- Contractor: George A. Fuller Company
- Owner: West World Company Incorporated
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Facts & Description

- City Landmark since 1995.

- First built by City Bank Farmers Trust, a bank that was one of the predecessors of present day Citigroup. Today Citigroup still occupies part of the building yet, much of it is leased to other businesses.

- Headquarters for City Bank Farmers Trust/First National City Bank of New York/Citibank from 1931 to 1956. Citibank sold the building by 1979, when Citibank moved most of its operations Uptown.

- This building's original plans called for a pyramid top and a taller tower, making in the tallest in the world at the time at 846.4 feet, however, due to the Depression and re-designs, the building was topped off at its present height, 741 feet.

- Today the building is known as 20 Exchange Place, its past names where: City Bank Farmers Trust Building (1929), First National City Bank of New York (1955) and, Citibank Building (1956).

- At 741 Feet, 20 Exchange Place remains one of the most prominent towers of Lower Manhattan. When it was completed in 1931 it was the 4th Tallest in the World, by 1970 it had finally been pushed off the top 10.

- The building's limestone has stayed white while the brickwork has aged from white to black. As of 2007 the black bricks are finally being restored to their orignal color.

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