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Tower History

 An image of the Travelers Tower

 

The Travelers Tower, completed in July of 1919, is 527 feet above the sidewalk and was the seventh tallest building in America, at that time.

The surface is pink granite from a quarry in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Created by Donn Barber, one of the foremost architects of his time, the building topped by the Tower is actually the extension of two other buildings erected and joined through the years. The base of the tower begins at the tenth floor, where the structure rises 24 more stories making the total 34 for the entire building.

At the 27th floor is a loggia, serving as an open observation area, the four corners of its roof being supported by Doric columns.

The roof of the loggia, or cupola, is pyramidal in shape, sloping toward a finial surmounted by a cluster of gold-colored metal globes varying from four to 20 inches in diameter. The finial was damaged in a 1996 wind storm, and no longer sits atop the tower.

Above the cupola, at the 36th floor level, is a beacon which emits a bluish light, visible for many miles, serving as a guide for night-flying aircraft.

Check out some other Tower images.

Click to view a larger vision of the Tower at night Click to view a larger version of the Tower in the Fall
Click to view magnified image.

 

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