Overview

Finished in 1909, this 700ft-high clock tower taking off above Madison Square Park’s southeastern corner is crafted by Napoleon LeBrun, a Philadelphia-conceived planner of French stock. Italophiles may feel a certain sensation that this has happened before looking at the pinnacle as LeBrun’s motivation was Venice’s reality celebrated campanile (chime tower) in Piazza San Marco. Unexpectedly, this New World variant is currently more seasoned than its dream: the first Venetian pinnacle crumbled in 1902, with its substitution not finished until 1912.

Notwithstanding being upstaged by taller Manhattan high rises nowadays, the 41-level structure stays one of the biggest four-dial watches on the planet, every one of its four clock faces estimating a major is-better 26.5ft in width.

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