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New York, a city of towers (1909)

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A style in architecture as characteristic as the Padogas of China or the Minarets of Constantinople

The London Spectator, apropos of a recent article in Putnam’s Magazine by J B Gilder, says: “The dead skyline of the future city will not rise extravagantly high, but above it, like particular peaks upon a chain of mountains, will be towers and domes and pinnacles, through which the sun may shine and the breezes blow. New York will be a towered city. And then, of course, this style of architecture will be imitated all over the world. But to New York, at all events, will belong the fame of originality among all the towered cities of the world. The towers of New York will be reckoned as characteristic as the minarets of a Mohammedan city, as the bell-towers of Russia, as the pillar-towers of India, as the peels of Scottish fortresses, as the pagodas of China, or as the campaniles of Italy.”

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