The Museum, now located in a permanent gallery in Lower Manhattan, inhabited four temporary spaces from 1997 to 2003. The Museum’s inaugural show, DOWNTOWN NEW YORK, ran from April through December 1997 at 44 Wall Street, a vacant banking hall in New York’s historic financial district. In 1998 the Museum moved to the Art Deco banking hall at 16 Wall Street, THE BANKERS TRUST BUILDING, where the Museum’s second and third exhibits were mounted. BUILDING THE EMPIRE STATE ran from October 1998 through September 1999 and BIG BUILDINGS ran from October through December 1999. The Museum next staged DESIGN DEVELOPMENT: TIMES SQUARE, presenting architectural models for six new Times Square towers, which showed throughout 2000 and 2001 in a space at 110 Maiden Lane.
The Museum’s gallery at 110 Maiden Lane closed on September 11th, 2001, due to its proximity to the World Trade Center disaster. Our gallery space was commandeered as an emergency information center to assist downtown businesses. From September 2001 to March 2004 the Museum was kindly provided office space at 55 Broad by Rudin Management.
In March 2004, The Skyscraper Museum opened a permanent home in a building at the southern tip of Battery Park City. The facility occupies ground-floor space in a mixed-use project that includes the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and a 38-story condominium tower. The Museum owns its space, which has been generously donated by Millennium Partners, the building’s developers. The distinguished firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is the Museum’s architect, with award-winning partner Roger Duffy as lead designer. SOM is providing its services pro bono. Tishman Construction Corporation, which has been building New York since 1898, served as Construction Manager pro bono. For a description of the design by SOM and for photos of the new space during our “Stand Up For Skyscrapers!” opening event, please visit the Grand Opening ’04 page.
Founded in 1996, The Skyscraper Museum is a private, not-for-profit, educational corporation devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future.
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Located in New York City, the world’s first and foremost vertical metropolis, the museum celebrates the city’s rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence.