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Who Hearts Hearst?


WhatISee documents the newly unveiled Norman Foster Hearst tower in midtown Manhattan and Curbed wonders if all the hate for the planned erection still remains. The stone, steel, and glass hybrid has become one of my favorite buildings in Manhattan.

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  1. I live across the street from the Hearst Building, and I must say, I wasn't thrilled with the initial sketches. Living through the construction process has been arduous, but I now love the building. It looks amazing, especially at night when you can see up into the four-story vaulted ceiling of the lobby.

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 16, 2005 12:32:37 PM

  2. I agree, I think it's a great addition to a building that was already great (because of those naked stone soldiers on the facade, of course).

    Posted by: Glenn | Nov 16, 2005 12:41:45 PM

  3. No doubt, the construction was just obnoxious, but I have to admit it looks great.


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    Posted by: Dave | Nov 16, 2005 12:42:44 PM

  4. I lived at 58th between 8th and 9th when the Time Warner towers were going up and that was annoying (and they took my view of the park away) but I agree with Andy, the Hearst tower is pretty damn cool

    Posted by: Jon-Marc | Nov 16, 2005 12:58:42 PM

  5. We need more of this in our city. So much of Manhattan has been for the past 40+ years one big bore of architecture.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 16, 2005 1:21:55 PM

  6. It was always meant to have a tower on that base, which was designed by the Viennese architect and scenic designer Joseph Urban. Money ran out apparently, so only the short "base" of the building was built. Finishing it the way they have seems to me a wonderful idea.

    Posted by: Will | Nov 16, 2005 1:59:00 PM

  7. I don't mean to be a doom and gloomer, but I have had the opposite reaction to the base of that structure... I know it's a facade, but it literally looks fake. Like amusement park version of an old building...

    Posted by: Patrick | Nov 16, 2005 3:45:30 PM

  8. Having never been to New York (yet) I can't comment on how it fits in with the surrounding area, but to me it looks like the kind of modern forward thinking and beautiful architecture I'd expect to see in NYC!

    Posted by: Brenton Parry | Nov 16, 2005 3:55:54 PM

  9. what a gorgeous structure. the aesthetic contrast is fantastic.

    Posted by: CriticalRN | Nov 16, 2005 7:47:12 PM

  10. It looks like a greenhouse on top of a mausoleum.

    I'm not saying that's necessarily a bad thing......

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Nov 16, 2005 10:14:55 PM

  11. I'm sorry, I think this building is hideous. The main problem is that the misshapen glass tower has no relation WHATEVER to the base of the building at street level, which has existed at that site for decades, whatever you think of it. Couldn't some of those Deco motifs have been utilized in the building above? There is no unity, grace or beauty about the building. It's massive, showy, incongruous, vulgar, ugly.

    Posted by: tjonasgreen | Nov 17, 2005 1:11:10 PM

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