Look Up: The NYC News Office That Inspired the Daily Planet From "Superman"

Despite the building’s architectural precedence, Ayn Rand wrote in her notes for her 1943 novel The Fountainhead that the building is one of the “ugliest, flattest, most conventional, meaningless, unimaginative, and uninspiring” buildings of the time. This criticism seems especially harsh considering that Hood, the lead architect of the building, was one of the principle sources of inspiration for her character Howard Roark.

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