The Helmsley Building in NYC
Part of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s plan, the Helmsley Building was to be the headquarters for his New York Central Railroad. Atop the entrance rests a clock with a statue of Mercury to represent transportation, and a goddess to represent industry. This 34-story office building is perhaps the best building in New York even if its solitary prominence straddling Park Avenue was dashed by its immense neighbor, the MetLife Building across 45th Street. Its top is grandly elaborate chateau glory, a pyramidal jewel only rivaled in the city by the Crown, Woolworth and Chrysler Buildings.