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Newark Skyscrapers

Around 1930 it must have been one large building site near the Military Square, with the aim of building Newark's tallest skyscraper.
The three photos show the current tallest building in Newark, two buildings that have been the tallest building for a short period and one that almost has been.
The alternation with a few good modern skyscraper makes the Military square an architectural important place.

■ Picture 1: ◄ 142 m. & 137 m. ►

National Newark Building,
The National Newark Building, right in the photo, is with 142 m. the city's tallest building since its completion in 1931
It is a neo-classical office skyscraper. The building was designed by the father and son architectural firm, John H. & Wilson C. Ely.
The facades consist mainly of tan brick and limestone. The top of the building is inspired by the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Eleven 80
With 137 m. Eleven 80 was from 1930 to 1931the tallest building in the city. Designed in Art Deco style by prominent Newark architect Frank Grad.
The original office building had been vacant since 1986. After 20 years of vacancy, the renovated building was opened as a residential building in 2006.

■ Picture 2: ◄ 99 m. ►

American Insurance Company Building
The American Insurance Company Building is with 99m. one of the oldest and tallest skyscrapers in Newark. It was once headquarters for the American Insurance Company and is now part of Rutgers University.
The neo-classical tower is designed by the architects John H. & Wilson C. Ely. The building was re-opened in November 2015 as student dorms, event space, and chancellor's apartment.
If the building had been opened a few months earlier, it would have been the tallest building in Newark for a short period.

■ Picture 3: ◄ 81 m. & 110 m. ►

Military Park Building
The Military Park Building, left on the photo was with 81 m. the tallest building upon its completion in 1926 to 1930.
The commercial office building was designed by the architectural firm Polhemus & Coffin of New York and has been renovated several times. It is now advertised as an ultra-modern high-rise office tower.
80 Park Plaza
Right in the photo, the 110 m. high PSEG Headquarters (Public Service Electric & Gas Building), opened in 1980. One of the modern tall buildings on the Military square and a beautiful mirror for the other landmark buildings on the square as I will show in the next post.

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 320 N: 9154] (35912)
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