The ESB didn't always have a large antenna atop its mooring mast, and it actually changed the building's appearance a lot when added. We can probably all agree that the broadcasting junk handing off the sides of the mooring mast and even the upper reaches of the office section only detract from the building's looks, but what about the antenna itself?
I'm no big fan of the ESB, but it looks much better with the antenna, otherwise it would be much worse.
But it will still be tallest in NYC either way, with or without the antenna, the Chrysler is far behind. Interesting to see that the top 2 buildings come from the 1930s!
To be completely honest, The ESB is an awesome dominant building, built 75 years ago and not much shorter than the WTB of 2005. But in all honesty it's become rather ugly with age, I love it to death but when you look at it closely the top is covered with little antenna's and dishes, there is rust, and boarded windows for mechanical purposes in some parts of the highest floors, it's not in top shape anymore. From a distance the building is beautiful, the design is beatiful and with it's great size almost menacing. but when you look closely you can tell the great tower is getting old.
It is NY'c tallest, at least for another 3 years and soon enough it will fall out of the top 10 but it will always be a gem to the skyscraper world. I love the ESB, probably more than any skyscraper on earth. When you think Insanely high building, most people think of this one first before any building thats more moders and slightly taller, sears, taipei, petronas, 2IFC (<no one really knows about that one yet)
You get my point.
Freedom tower will be a nice addition and reach over ESB with it's sheer height, and other towers will come along in NY that will be higher than ESB, but none will ever have the history.
The ESB looks much better with the antenna. The antenna, specially since it looks a bit messy from close up with all those additions (small antennas, dishes..) gives that building some serious character! I would fix some parts of the interior but would be very careful not to mess up with the essence of the building; it's glorious past. We would'nt like the have the ESB become like any other contemporary building, plain and staid...right?
Definitely with the antenna. The antenna is a big difference, just like with the Conde Nast Building. It seems as if you could almost tell something is missing when you look at pictures without the antenna. It makes you just wanna stick a spire or something right on top. It even looks unfinished/incomplete without the antenna.
The antenna serves as an exclamation point. The setbacks visually lead your eyes to look up to be topped off by the antenna. The antenna rightfully establishes the building's dominance in the sky and helps it soar more gracefully.
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