Built to replace the first Equitable Building which burned down in 1912,
this structure was the last skyscraper to be constructed before building
regulations were instituted in New York.
Reaching a height of 537 feet, this 40 story building casts a 7 acre
shadow across the city, which caused public outrage when it was completed.
As a result, New York City passed the 1916 Zoning Resolution which
aimed at restricting the height and bulk of buildings and assuring the
penetration of light and air to the streets below.