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maravilloso 10/10
 
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8/10 for its architecture.
It is a large but typical example of an early 20th century boxy office building with light wells and neoclassical details. Detroit has a few smaller buildings of similar design principles.

I would give it a 10/10 if rating its historical importance (see below).

Wow! Never seen this one before. 9/10.
This was actually one of the most important skyscrapers of history in an indirect way. In 1915 it was the largest office building in the world by office space (not height). Its massive sky-blocking bulk lead to the 1916 New York zoning law that required that the upper portions of tall towers take up no more than 25% of the lot. This dictated the shape of many famous NY skyscrapers such as the Chrysler Building. Check out Hugh Ferris' 1929 book "Metropolis of Tomorrow" for his ideas on the use of setbacks to conform to this zoning law.
 

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oh....because this, do the tall buildings in new york after 1916 have a slim top?
Yes. If you look at the base of the Empire State Building or Chrysler Building for example, they take up a large area while, after a few setbacks, the upper portions have much smaller floor plates. If you look at the early modern buildings such as the Lever House and Seagram Building, they avoided the use of setbacks (which are hated by modernists) usually by designing the entire building take up only 25% of the lot. The rest of the lot was used for a pedestrian plaza. The 1916 Zoning law is no longer in effect. I am not knowledgeable as to the details of the current zoning regulations in New York City.
 

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10/10. If not 4 this building we wood not hav the splendid ESB, CB, & all the other "wedding cake" scrapers 2 come! Thank u Equitable Building & 1916 zoning law!
 
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