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
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
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
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.