Awards & Events
On Tuesday, June 18, The Skyscraper Museum presented the 2013 Making New York History Award to Brookfield Office Properties. On the 25th anniversary of the completion of the World Financial Center and its re-christening in 2013 asBrookfield Place, we celebrated Brookfield’s key role in the commercial life of lower Manhattan and the quality of urban spaces in New York. As owners, managers, and developers of a portfolio of premier skyscrapers in the city’s downtown and midtown markets, as well as in its new development Manhattan West, Brookfield continues to make its mark on the New York skyline.
More than 140 guests gathered in the Museum’s gallery to toast to Brookfield and its executive team. The evening’s remarks began with a welcome by Museum Director Carol Willis, who described the history of the World Financial Center complex. She noted that the design by Cesar Pelli and Associates of the ensemble of four towers, the Winter Garden, and the public plaza represents a remarkable design that has only improved with time, with the growing population of Battery Park City and with its enlarged role in the life of native New Yorkers and millions of tourists.… Read the rest
On May 8, 2012, more than 150 notable New Yorkers gathered at The Skyscraper Museum to salute Daniel L. Doctoroff for his extraordinary contribution in shaping the face and future of the City of New York in the 21st-century. In this signal year of 2012, the assembled guests reflected on his extraordinary vision and accomplishments in transforming the physical city. First with New York's Olympic bid, then as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding during the first six years of the Bloomberg Administration, Dan Doctoroff embraced challenges and energized the efforts to broadly plan and build a better city.
On June 8, 2011, more than 125 guests filled the gallery of The Skyscraper Museum for a spirited cocktail party that celebrated the downtown landmark 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza on the 50th anniversary of its completion. In 1961, 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza was a shining light in lower Manhattan: a signal commitment to the historic financial district, a bold statement of Modern design, and a new approach to urbanism with its sun-lit, art-filled plaza. Amid slide shows of photographs that documented the complex challenges of construction of 1CMP and stunning views of the modernist masterwork by architectural photographers, the assembled guests saluted the original owner and architects, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with the Museum's 2011 Making New York History Award.
On May 25, 2010 guests attended a festive cocktail party to salute New York's signature skyscraper, The Empire State Building, which received the Museum's 2010 Making New York History Award in honor of--in the tower's 79th year--the glorious restoration of its original Art Deco lobby and the beginning of a transformative "green" rejuvenation.
Lecture Series, Fall 2009
In conjunction with its exhibition CHINA PROPHECY, The Skyscraper Museum presents a lecture series that explores in depth–and height–the sensational growth of Shanghai’s skyline over the past three decades.
KPF in Shanghai:
Skyline and Streetscape
James von Klemperer FAIA, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox… Read the rest
On Tuesday, June 16, The Skyscraper Museum recognized The Battery Park City Authority, its Chairman James F. Gill and President James E. Cavanaugh with the 2009 Making New York History Award. More than 150 guests, including many of the past presidents and chairman, architects, planners, and developers of the 92-acre community, joined in the salute. The BPCA is the seventh recipient of the award, which The Skyscraper Museum established in 1999 to honor outstanding individuals who have shaped the city's skyline in three dimensions or in public perceptions.
On Tuesday, June 17, The Skyscraper Museum recognized The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, its Chairman Anthony R. Coscia, and Executive Director Christopher O. Ward with the 2008 Making New York History Award. Hosted in the Museum's Battery Park City gallery, the 175 assembled guests were able to tour the current exhibition, New York Modern, as they celebrated one of New York's most influential institutions. The PANYNJ is the sixth recipient of the award, which The Skyscraper Museum established in 1999 to honor outstanding individuals who have shaped the city's skyline in three dimensions or in public perceptions.
On Tuesday, May 15, developer Larry Silverstein was recognized at the presentation of The Skyscraper Museum’s 2007 Making New York History Award. Hosted in the Museum’s Battery Park City gallery, the 175 assembled guests were able to tour the new exhibition, World’s Tallest Building: Burj Dubai, as they celebrated one of New York’s most widely-recognized developers. Silverstein is the fifth recipient of the award, which The Skyscraper Museum established in 1999 to honor outstanding individuals who have shaped the city’s skyline in three dimensions or in public perceptions.
On Monday evening, May 8, The Skyscraper Museum honored Douglas Durst and the Durst family with the 2006 Making New York History Award. Two hundred guests attended the cocktail reception at the Museum’s Battery Park City home, where the exhibition “GREEN TOWERS for New York” provided a vivid illustration of The Durst Organization’s visionary leadership in green building design and development. Durst projects highlighted in the show include the pioneering Condé Nast Building @ 4 Times Square, the Helena Apartments, 125 W. 31st Street, and the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park.
On Wednesday, May 11th. 2005, father-and-son builders John and Dan Tishman were recognized as The Skyscraper Museum presented its 2005 Making New York History Award. Held in the Museum’s gallery where the original 11-foot tall model of the World Trade Center model is on display, the event began as special guests offered toasts and recognized the Tishmans’s unique historical connection to the Trade Center site.
On March 1st, 2004 we inaugurated our extraordinary new home, brilliantly designed by Roger Duffy of the internationally-based architecture firm SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP). The SOM design is a dazzling work of contemporary architecture featuring a permanent gallery for the core exhibit Skyscraper/City, a gallery for changing exhibitions, a bookstore, and a mezzanine for staff offices. The design features polished stainless-steel floors and ceilings that reflect the floor-to-ceiling exhibition cases into endless verticals, generating a sense of towering volumes.
On June 11, 2003, at 10 AM, The Skyscraper Museum marked the start of construction with a kick-off event at 39 Battery Place. This will be the Museum's first permanent home after six years of presenting exhibitions and programs in temporary spaces in New York's historic financial district.
From the demolition of old Penn Station to the destruction of the Twin Towers, New Yorkers have found that we often love our buildings only after they are lost. But on Thursday evening, November 15, 2001, The Skyscraper Museum highlighted a dozen extraordinary building renovations that demonstrate that New York’s history lives and thrives through its great commercial structures. The Museum’s annual “Making New York History Award” was presented at a cocktail party in the lobby of the landmark Lever House at 390 Park Avenue.
On Monday, December 6, 1999, over one hundred notable owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, and managers gathered at The Skyscraper Museum to create an end-of-the-century historic photograph of the men and women responsible for New York's biggest buildings. As the world's premier skyscraper city and home to by far the greatest number of the world's largest towers, Manhattan has been the undisputed center for the professional talent that designs, erects, and manages major towers worldwide.
On the evening of February 11th, 1999. two hundred notable New Yorkers gathered at The Skyscraper Museum to honor Kenneth T. Jackson and Robert A. M. Stern, recipients of the first annual "Making New York History" Award, for their distinguished books on the city's history.