The first-ever skyscraper to be constructed went up in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois. Little did they know this would be the first of many more to come. Numerous steel structures have been built since and more so in the early stages of the 20th century.
That was thanks to the bustling industrial revolution period. Skyscrapers were shooting up from across all the major cities in the United States such as in Boston, New York, San Francisco.
Below is a listing of the most unique and historic tall buildings in America.
1. Chrysler Building
This world-famous Deco-style Chrysler building became the tallest in the world for a few months before the Empire building was constructed. It’s the world’s tallest brick building that has a steel framework.
Upon its completion, many said it was unoriginal, unattractive, but others said it was awesome. It is, in fact, the one of the most iconic skyscrapers in America.
2. Willis Tower
This skyscraper was initially known as Sears Tower. Located in Chicago, Illinois, Willis Tower was the tallest skyscraper in America upon completion in the 1970’s.
It is currently a famous tourist attraction in Chicago, and it houses corporate offices for some of the influential companies in the United States. The building has featured in movies and films such as Man of Steel and The Dark Night.
3. Empire State Building
One of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world, located in Manhattan, New York. It was commissioned in 1931 and remained the tallest skyscraper in the world for about 40 years.
It has observation decks that give visitors a scenic view of the city on the 86th and 102nd floors. The Empire State Building is an iconic cultural skyscraper in America, and it has appeared in popular films like King Kong.
The American Society of Civil Engineers also gave it a city landmark status.
4. Transamerica Pyramid
It is the tallest building in San Francisco and one of the tallest on the west coast. It has a unique design that makes it stand out from the rest of the skyscrapers.
It was constructed using crushed-quartz that give the building a pure white color and a sharp brightness from afar.
5. 2 Union Square
The appearance of this building makes it appear like a yacht sailing across the Seattle skyline.
The tower is made of glass and steel and raw granite with flowing water and lush trees at the public plaza making it a bewildering wonder.
6. MetLife Building
The MetLife building is a 59-storey building located in New York, but it’s been named various names originating as the airline PanAm building.
The structure is among the most prominent skyscrapers in the world because of the international style used in developing this great piece of history.
7. 432 Park Avenue
It is the tallest residential skyscraper in the western hemisphere and an innovator in residential living. It is also the tallest building on Earth named after the street address it is located.
The majestic building has 85 floors and three underground floors with six elevators, with apartments featuring sweeping views of New York City and prices beginning at $5,000,000.
8. The Freedom Tower
Perhaps one of the most symbolic skyscrapers in southern Manhattan, the Freedom Tower stands where the worst terrorist attack in American history took place. Americans were for rebuilding a skyscraper to let the world know, you can’t knock Americans down.
These skyscrapers are a must-see for everyone as they represent American culture.
They have also pioneered the construction of other towers around the world and gave hope to Americans in times of calamities, despair and joy.