One hundred architects, realtors, builders, critics, engineers, historians, lawyers, government officials, property owners and scientists had to choose ten favorite buildings from the proposed 25 towers of New York. Chronological coverage was as wide as possible: from Park Row Building (1899) to Time Warner Center (2004). Also, survey participants could add their "favorites" to the list compiled by the museum.
The overall winner was the Chrysler Building (1930, architect William Van Alen), an Art Deco masterpiece - it was named by ninety out of a hundred people. It is followed by another famous skyscraper - "Seagram Building" by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958), its opposite in style. Next come the Flatiron Building (1903), with an unusual plan, and the Woolworth Building (1913). Fifth and sixth places were taken by the Empire State Building (1930) and Lever House (1952) by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
The last places in the top ten were taken by the UN headquarters building (1952) and the headquarters of the CBS channel Ero Saarinen (1964).
Many respondents gave preference to the buildings they own or have designed. Tycoon Donald Trump has compiled his own list of skyscrapers, consisting mostly of buildings built by his company. A Y.M. Pei, on the other hand, did not choose his piece, 88 Pine Street, even though it was on the original list of 25 options.