CitySketch – Bank of America Tower

On October 17, 1904, Amadeo Pietro Giannini founded the Bank of Italy in San Francisco to serve Italian immigrants whose fortunes were too small to be of interest to the American banks of the day. Unlike most of his fellow bankers, when the great earthquake struck San Francisco two years later Giannini was quick enoughContinue reading “CitySketch – Bank of America Tower”

CitySketch: Textile

The Textile Building, on Fifth Avenue between 30th & 31st Streets, was built in 1920. Five and half million people lived in New York City at the time. On January 17 of that year the 18th Amendment of the US Constitution went into effect stating “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, theContinue reading “CitySketch: Textile”

CitySketch: Marble Collegiate Church

In 1628, Reverend Jonas Michaelius founded his church in New Amsterdam. The population of the city at that time was less than 300. Peter Stuyvesant charged a fine to anyone in the city who did not attend services. In 1696 King William III of England granted the church a royal charter, making it the oldestContinue reading “CitySketch: Marble Collegiate Church”

CitySketch: Empire State

The Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world from its completion in 1931 until it was surpassed by the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1970. It is currently the 34th tallest building in the world, the fifth tallest in the US and from September 11, 2001 until the FreedomContinue reading “CitySketch: Empire State”