By Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin
One of the most glorified skyscraper creators in Roaring Twenties America was Raymond Hood, who designed 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the McGraw-Hill Building, the Daily News Building, and the American Radiator Building in Manhattan, as well as the Tribune Tower in Chicago, and numerous other structures.
Hood was obsessed with tackling congestion, which, by the 1920s and 1930s, had become an epidemic of unprecedented scope. In addition to outlining a City of Towers–spaced carefully above grassy open plazas and wide streets, increasing density without unduly increasing traffic–Hood looked to the waterfront, where his “apartment bridges” would similarly reduce crowding while providing a unique, water-focused lifestyle.
Never Built New York, published courtesy of Metropolis Books.