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February 27, 2009
Publication: Modern Steel Construction

Abstract: College football's 2008 season ended last month with its traditional plethora of bowl games, culminating in the national championship game in which Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, quarterback for the University of Oklahoma, fell short of victory against the University of Florida and last year's Heisman winner, Tim Tebow. In America, as soon as one season ends, another begins - or is already in progress. In recognition of this love affair with athletic pursuits, the Sports Museum of America last May opened its doors in lower Manhattan as the nation's first museum dedicated to all sports - and as the new home of the Heisman Trophy.|The museum occupies 80,000 sq. ft on the bottom three floors of 26 Broadway, a site with a rich history. It was in this building that John D. Rockefeller made his millions at the helm of Standard Oil, the powerful firm that monopolized America's oil markets and set prices for petroleum for decades. Rockefeller constructed the building in several phases. In 1885, he started with a ten-story building designed by Ebeneezer Roberts. In 1895, he expanded the building through the construction of six additional stories and an addition to the northern section, design by Kimball and Thompson. Finally, in five phases over six years in the 1920s, he built the 32-story tower, designed by Thomas Hasting of Carrere and Hastings, the firm renowned for its design of the New York Public Library.

Services: Structural Design
Markets: Cultural
Keywords: Museum