Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines

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New Era building
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Sep 26, 2015 @ 1:10am
Dec 2, 2018 @ 2:10pm
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New Era building

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Please leave a vote or comment if you download this asset! This is a lvl 2 High commerical 2x3 growable based on the New Era building in New York on 495 Broadway, 9 stories tall.

About the model
The first remodel from my Soho, Noho and Nolita series. This is a completely new model of my 2nd building ever made. I left a screenshot for you to just have a look at the difference in quality between 2015 and 2018. :) This model has about 2998 tris and a 3072x512 texture. Normal mapped, alpha, illuminationmap and specularmapped.
LoD is around 80 tris , 512x128.

You can always follow my assetcreations on the Simtropolis forums: or on sketchfab:

This building is RICO ready, enable it in the settings menu.

About the building
The eight-story brick and masonry building has been described as a "gem" and a gorgeous example of Art Nouveau architecture. Eschewing the then-popular Beaux Arts style, this is one of the few and possibly the earliest Art Nouveau building in Manhattan still standing. Four squat rounded Doric columns seem to support five stories with three vertical rows of large windows separated by brickwork and iron ornamentation, culminating in three large arches at the sixth floor. This is topped with a two-story copper fronted mansard roof, now coated with verdigris, reminiscent of Parisian architecture.

Sources differ as to the architect, developer, and year of construction. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, in its 1973 report on the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, says the building, at 495 Broadway, was designed by Alfred Zucker for Augustus D. Juilliard and was completed in 1893. Several other sources shown below say the building was designed by Buchman & Deisler for Jeremiah C. Lyons, who had previously developed real estate in other areas of Manhattan, and was completed in 1897. However, many of these same sources mistakenly show the address as 491 Broadway. The Landmarks Preservation Commission says 491 Broadway, the somewhat thinner 12-story building adjacent to the south of the New Era Building, is the 1897 Buchman & Deisler building.

Although its lofts were originally intended for the New Era Printing Company, the building was soon occupied by an office of the Butler Brothers company, an early mail-order business that had 100,000 customers at the time they moved in. Later, in 1927, they began franchising the Ben Franklin Stores.

At the time this building opened, fashionable retail businesses were already moving further uptown. Soon the area was home to businesses such as manufacturers and waste paper dealers.

On December 29, 1927, a fire in the building caused one million dollars worth of damage. The fire burned for two hours before being noticed and caused the partial collapse of eight floors toward the rear, or Mercer Street side, of the building. The fire began among some crates in the company's basement shipping room. The collapse was caused when three unprotected 14-inch diameter hollow cast iron support columns buckled because of excessive heat, bring down the eight stories above. Fire-resistant insulation might have prevented the collapse.

As of 2011, tenants included a clothing retailer, fashion consultants, a publisher, a golf and fitness club, a retail drug store, and the Swiss Institute.

The Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New York occupied the third floor loft from 1994 until 2011. In September 2011 the institute moved to 18 Wooster Street, nearby.

- Complete remodel, increased tris count by about 1100. Texture is reduced to 3072x512. The model now has a baked LoD and detailed night lights.
- Increased the texturedetail significantly, added a backfacade and model is about 15 meters lower now.
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Darf  [author] Dec 4, 2018 @ 8:06am 
Hmm, I used the same naming, weird. But you can fix it by unsubscribing/resubscibing.
mylovemusiclife Dec 4, 2018 @ 7:12am 
You have 524833746 but it does not contain New Era building_Data. Name probably changed by the author
sebesams Sep 9, 2018 @ 5:07am 
Very nice! Thanks!
saintkhawnan Jan 30, 2018 @ 5:34pm 
Beautiful buildings! Thanks for putting so much work into blessing the CS community! Double blessings to you!
Distanced Nov 12, 2016 @ 7:01am 
You should put all these into a theme!
Satsuma Mar 3, 2016 @ 12:25pm 
Your buidings are really nice but i think the problem with the brick textures depends on the normal maps. Can you try to decrease the normal maps height?
Darf  [author] Sep 28, 2015 @ 2:01pm 
Like all my buildings it's 1:1 scale.
GodNGuns Sep 28, 2015 @ 1:40pm 
Nice work, but it seems a bit out of scale with the vast majority of other similar-size buildings. Maybe make a scaled-down version?
Darf  [author] Sep 27, 2015 @ 1:41am 
I've updated the texture, tell me what you think!
boformer Sep 26, 2015 @ 8:13pm 
Suggestion: Slightly reduce the saturation and contrast of the side wall brick texture