Amazing how some buildings can look truly hideous in the daytime, while by the light of the moon or artificial illumination they are suddenly remade into ethereal works of art. Some structures, says architect, architectural historian, and Brown University professor Dietrich Neumann, are actually designed to look especially dazzling at night. The trend emerged in skyscraper central, New York City, where the Woolworth and American Radiator (now American-Standard) buildings each rose in the early part of the Twentieth Century to grace the skyline in their Gothic-inspired glory. Chicago followed suit, erecting its tall Tribune Tower and imposing Wrigley Building, headquarters to the chewing gum company. But not all nocturnally favorable buildings reached toward the sky. Built in 1903, the low-slung Coney Island amusement center Luna Park (dubbed an electric Eden) cut an awe-inspiring figure in the evening, thanks to more than 250,000 lights. (Architect Morris Lapidus recalls his boyhood vision of the sight gleaming at night as a... More >>>