New York Architecture Info

Time Warner Center

Formerly known as AOL Time Warner Center
Columbus Centre
New Coliseum
10 Columbus Circle
New York 10019
Basic Information
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Cost $1,700,000,000
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 69
Maximum height 750 feet/225 meters
Neighborhood: Columbus Circle
More Information
  • There is some confusion about the number of floors in this building. According to a May, 2003 article in the New York Times, the building actually has 69 floors, though it was marketed to potential home buyers as having 80 floors.
  • The complex is designed to allow cellular telephones to work anywhere, including inside the elevators.
  • There is a special communication system inside the complex that allows police are firefighters to communicate in an emergency.
  • The foundation of the complex is 434 feet deep.
  • The north end of the podium is 315 feet tall (20 stories).
  • The south end of the podium is 349 feet tall (24 stories).
  • The complex incorporates One Central Park, a group of 198 luxury condominiums.
  • At the time of the building's completion, the four penthouses sold for between $25,000,000 and $35,000,000.
  • This was the site of the 26-story New York Coliseum, which was demolished in 2000.
  • 27 February, 2003: A topping-out ceremony is held for the podium of the AOL Time Warner Center.
  • 9 April, 2003: A dozen firefighters are hurt when flames swept through several floors of the as-yet-unfinished tower. The cause is believed to be a space heater, or a portable device used to dry concrete. The New York Times reports there have been a number of unfortunate incidents at the tower, including two deaths, three OSHA fines, and a number of falls.
  • 11 July, 2003: It is announced that a British man is paying record US$45,000,000.00 for one of the ten penthouses at the still-not-quite-finished AOLTimeWarner Center in Manhattan. The 12,600-square-foot penthouse is two-stories tall and will have 25-foot-tall glass walls wrapping all the way around, giving spectacular views. The terrace also goes all the way around and has views rivaled only by the observation deck at the Empire State Building.
  • 6 April, 2003: Mayor Bloomberg temporarily halts construction at the building after a man is grazed by a 22-inch piece of metal that fell off the building.