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Madison Square Garden, 1924

Madison Square Garden, 1924

The second Madison Square Garden, seen here decorated for the 1924 Democratic National Convention, was located at East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, where the New York Life Building stands today. This incarnation of the Garden replaced a more primitive open-air arena. Designed by the famed architect Stanford White in 1890, it was also the site of his 1906 murder by socialite Harry K. Thaw over White's affair with Thaw's wife, the actress Evelyn Nesbit. The building was designed in the Beaux-Arts style and boasted a roof garden restaurant.

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Statue of Diana atop Madison Square Garden, circa 1925

Statue of Diana atop Madison Square Garden, circa 1925

There was a time when Madison Square Garden was located at Madison Square, on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, in what is today called the Flatiron District. In this black and white photograph, taken shortly before the demolition of this Madison Square Garden, we see the famed Statue of Diana by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually the second version of the statue. Both the sculptor and the architect of the building, Stanford White, thought the original was too heavy at 18 feet tall and 1800 pounds, so Gaudens made a shorter, hollow version.

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Metropolitan Life Tower Under Construction, 1909

Metropolitan Life Tower Under Construction, 1909

In this black and white photograph from 1909, we see a group of men and ladies with parasols standing in Madison Square Park, observing the construction of the Metropolitan Life Tower. The main building had been constructed over a decade and half before.  The architectural firm of Napoleon LeBrun & Sons modeled the tower after the Campanile in Venice, Italy. It was the world's tallest building for three years, until 1913, when it was surpassed by the Woolworth Building.

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