NYCs 5 iconic types of architecture and where to find them

New York is a city of iconic and beautiful architecture that spans many centuries and styles. The character of the city is defined by its influential skylines that are now so indelible to the urban fabric. With eclectic and timeless architectural innovations, here are 5 styles that made New York a city of diverse architecture. Have a look.

  1. Art deco style

Art Deco originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style in the United States during the 1930s. The distinguishing features of the style are simple, clean shapes, with a streamlined look.


The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, New York at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. 

Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

  • Beaux-Arts style

The Beaux-Arts Movement was popular in the United States from about 1880-1930 and reflected the wealth accumulated during the Industrial Revolution. The common characteristics of the style are symmetry, formal design, grandiosity, and elaborate ornamentation.


Grand Central Terminal (GCT, often inaccurately called Grand Central Station) is a terminal station at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is one of the leading public libraries of the world located on Fifth Ave. running from 40th to 42nd Street in Manhattan. It is a National Historic Landmark.

  • International style

International Style, an architectural style that developed the United States in the 1920s and ’30s. The most common characteristics of International Style buildings are rectilinear forms; light, taut plane surfaces and open interior spaces


The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, USA, on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church which was founded in 1862. In 1905 the church moved to the location of 54th Street and Lexington Avenue.

The United Nations Headquarters has served as the headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1950. It is located in the Turtle Bay neighborhood, on the east side of Midtown Manhattan.

  • Gothic revival style

Gothic Revival became a prominent architectural style for both modest residences and churches throughout the United States between 1840 and 1880.


The largest decorated Neo-Gothic-style Catholic cathedral in North America, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is located on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st streets in Manhattan.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10025 in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights.

Trinity Church is a historic full-service parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Trinity Church is located at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street in downtown Manhattan.

  • Greek Revival Architecture

The style became especially popular in the United States around 1820. Common characteristics include columns or pilasters, a covered entrance porch, and gabled roofs.


St. Mark’s Church, 2007St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, at 131 East 10th Street, is located at the intersection of 10th and Stuyvesant Streets and 2nd Avenue in the East Village in New York City. Federal Hall, located at Nassau and wall streets is an excellent example of Greek revival architecture. It was constructed in 1842 as a customs house.

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