Modern-day landmarks get a new dimension when you look at their pasts, like chronicling the construction of the United Nations or ogling Union Square before you were born. Untapped Cities has compiled a cool collection of images of Columbus Circle from the 1900s up to the present day, laying bare its evolution from a pastoral hub to a bustling trolley-encircled site to the plaza surrounded by high rises we know today. Above, the serene-looking view in 1905.
Here's a shot from 1910-1920:
And one from 1933:
Later came the Coliseum, of course, until it was demolished in 2000 to make way for the Time Warner Center. Visit Untapped Cities for more photos and lots more history.
· Vintage Photos: Columbus Circle in NYC Over the Years Since the 1900s [UC]
· Sepia Tones archive [Curbed]