Historic: 40 Wall Street Bldg

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Historic: 40 Wall Street Bldg Gender: N/A
born on 26 May 1930 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Manhattan, New York, 40n46, 73w59
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 04°39' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 14°23 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 28°03'

Historic: 40 Wall Street Bldg


American skyscraper, a 70-story office building originally known as the Bank of Manhattan Trust building, and also known as the Manhattan Company Building, until later known by its street address 40 Wall Street when its founding tenant merged to form the Chase Manhattan Bank. The building, between Nassau Street and William Street in Manhattan, New York City, was completed in 1930 after only 11 months of construction.

Its pinnacle reaches 927 feet (283 m) and in May 1930 it was very briefly the tallest building in the world, soon surpassed by a spire attached to the Chrysler Building. Upset by Chrysler’s victory, Shreve & Lamb, consulting architects of 40 Wall Street, wrote a newspaper article claiming that their building was actually the tallest, since it contained the world's highest usable floor. They pointed out that the observation deck in the Bank of Manhattan Building was nearly 100 feet (30 m) above the top floor in the Chrysler Building, whose surpassing spire was strictly ornamental and essentially inaccessible.

On the evening of 20 May 1946, a United States Army Air Forces Beechcraft C-45F Expediter airplane crashed into the north side of the building. The twin-engined plane was heading for Newark Airport on a flight originating at Lake Charles Army Air Field in Louisiana. It struck the 58th floor of the building at about 8:10 PM, creating a 20-by-10-foot (6.1 m × 3.0 m) hole in the masonry, and killing all five aboard the plane, including a WAC officer. The fuselage and the wing of the splintered plane fell and caught onto the 12th story ledge. Fog and low visibility were identified as the main causes of the crash.

In 1995, after years of neglect, 40 Wall Street was bought by Donald Trump and later renamed The Trump Building. He planned to convert the upper half of it to residential space, leaving the bottom half as commercial space. However, the cost of converting it to residential space proved to be too high, and it remains 100% commercial space.

The tower is the tallest mid-block building in New York City.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • compare to chart of Historic: Singer Building (born 29 April 1908). Notes: Tallest building in the world, April 1930 – May 1930

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "$850,000,000 MOVED IN GUARDED STREETS: Bank of Manhattan Trust Co. Takes Possession of New 71-Story Building. DIRECTORS GIVE LUNCHEON Representatives of Federal, State and City Governments Guests-- Mayor Among Speakers. Street Closed for Moving. Mayor Congratulates Bank," New York Times, 27 May 1930, p. 27: "The transfer was accomplished in time for the formal opening of the new banking quarters yesterday, which was marked by a luncheon given by the directors, and at which were representatives of the Federal, State and city governments."


  • Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Historic milestones (Tallest building in the world, April 1930 – May 1930)