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Quiz about Buildings That Scrape the Sky
Quiz about Buildings That Scrape the Sky

Buildings That Scrape the Sky Trivia Quiz


Learn about some of the world's highest structures.
This is a renovated/adopted version of an old quiz by author rixbix

A multiple-choice quiz by skylarb. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
skylarb
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
98,851
Updated
Feb 10 22
# Qns
10
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Question 1 of 10
1. The Flatiron Building (originally named the Fuller Building) was designed by what New York City-based architectural firm? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What building, erected in Manhattan in 1889, did architect Lee Gilbert scale to prove it wouldn't topple? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The Woolworth Building, because of its neo-Gothic facade, earned what musical nickname? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. A few months after the stock market plummeted to a great depth, the Chrysler Building reached new heights, becoming the first skyscraper to climb over 1,000 feet. In what year was the building completed? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Given inflation, if the Empire State Building had been constructed in 2022, it would have cost over $736 million. How much did it actually cost by the time it was completed in 1931? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Were the Twin Towers (1 World Trade Center and 2 World Trade Center) the same height?


Question 7 of 10
7. What 108-story-tall skyscraper was formerly called The Sears Tower? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. What 62-story skyscraper, then the tallest building in Los Angeles, caught fire in 1988? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Old St. Paul's Cathedral was the tallest structure in the world in the 13th century. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in what year? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What denomination, with Ulm Minster, has held the record for the tallest church for over 100 years? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Flatiron Building (originally named the Fuller Building) was designed by what New York City-based architectural firm?

Answer: Walker & Gillette

Designed by Walker & Gillette and erected between the years of 1928 and 1929, the Fuller Building stands forty stories and 150 meters high. It contained ten elevators. The Art Deco style building features shops, offices, and art galleries and was designated a New York City landmark in 1986. Walker & Gillette, which was active between 1906 and 1945, was a partnership between architects Alexander Stewart Walker and Leon Narcisse Gillette.
2. What building, erected in Manhattan in 1889, did architect Lee Gilbert scale to prove it wouldn't topple?

Answer: The Tower Building

Standing at 11 stories high, the Tower Building was designed by architect Bradford Lee Gilbert and has been called "the first true skyscraper" in New York by PBS. Because it was supported by a steel frame and an interior beams, many naysayers expected the building to topple in heavy winds. According to PBS, Gilbert had to scale the building himself to convince them otherwise.
3. The Woolworth Building, because of its neo-Gothic facade, earned what musical nickname?

Answer: The Mozart of Skyscrapers

Designed by Cass Gilbert and heavily ornamented with terra cotta, the Woolworth Building's neo-Gothic facade helped earn it the nickname of the "The Mozart of Skyscrapers" when it was completed in 1913. At 241 meters tall, it became the tallest skyscraper in the world when it was completed, overtaking the title from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower.
4. A few months after the stock market plummeted to a great depth, the Chrysler Building reached new heights, becoming the first skyscraper to climb over 1,000 feet. In what year was the building completed?

Answer: 1930

The Chrysler Building held the title of world's tallest building for 11 months. At the end of 2019, however, it was only the 11th tallest building in New York City, standing at 1,046 feet, including its antenna spire.
5. Given inflation, if the Empire State Building had been constructed in 2022, it would have cost over $736 million. How much did it actually cost by the time it was completed in 1931?

Answer: $42 million

The Empire State Building was the world's highest building from 1931 to 1972 and stands at 1,454 feet (443.2 meters) to its tip. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the skyscraper is in the Art Deco style and rises 102 stories high.
6. Were the Twin Towers (1 World Trade Center and 2 World Trade Center) the same height?

Answer: No

The name of "twin towers" notwithstanding, one of the towers was slightly taller than the other. The north tower (at 1,368 feet) rose six feet higher than the south tower (at 1,362 feet). With its antenna, the north tower was 1,730 feet tall. The Twin Towers were tragically destroyed on September 11, 2001, in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States.
7. What 108-story-tall skyscraper was formerly called The Sears Tower?

Answer: Willis Tower

This 1,450-foot (442.1 m) Chicago skyscraper surpassed the World Trade Center to become the tallest building in the world and remained so until the completion of the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia in 1996. Because it served as the headquarters for the retail company Sears from 1974 to 1994, it was known as the Sears Tower.

The name was changed in 2009, when the naming rights were included in a lease with the Willis Group.
8. What 62-story skyscraper, then the tallest building in Los Angeles, caught fire in 1988?

Answer: First Interstate Tower

Renamed the Aon Center in 1998, the First Interstate Tower (previously the California Bank Building), caught fire on the twelfth floor on May 4, 1988. Five floors of the building were destroyed and 40 people were injured. The building, it turned out, did not have a sprinkler system, because such systems were not required for office towers at the time it was constructed in 1973.
9. Old St. Paul's Cathedral was the tallest structure in the world in the 13th century. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in what year?

Answer: 1666

Standing at 489 feet, Old St. Paul's Cathedral remained the tallest building in the world until 1311, when it was supplanted in height by the 524-foot tall Lincoln Cathedral. Work on Old St. Paul's Cathedral began in 1087, and the structure took over two hundred years to complete.

The cathedral was home to the shrine of Saint Erkenwald and was destroyed in the Great Fire that devastated London in 1666.
10. What denomination, with Ulm Minster, has held the record for the tallest church for over 100 years?

Answer: Lutheran

Built in 1890, Ulm Minster, a Lutheran church in Germany, reaches 530 feet (161.5 meters) in height. It outstrips Our Lady of Peace Basilica, which climbs 518 feet in height. Cologne Cathedral, also in Germany, became the third tallest church in the world in 1989, falling one spot after the Our Lady of Peace Basilica was built in the Ivory Coast.
Source: Author skylarb

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