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The Inspiration Behind Stalin’s Soviet Architecture

The building was completed in 1915, but the first offices began moving in several years before. Today it houses 13 different municipal agencies and until 2009 when the Marriage Bureau moved out, was where 80 people were married per day. The building was designated a New York City Landmark in 1966 by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, one of the agencies that calls the building home. It was also the first New York building to incorporate subway entrances into its design. And it is said that it was the source inspiration for the Seven Sisters building of Stalin’s Soviet architecture.

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