Majestic domes... Heavy arches... Dozens of vertical lines making the enormous structure taller and taller...
And tall it was. Or rather, was supposed to be - the tallest building on Earth. Eternal Littorian Tower, proposed not for New York or Chicago but for Rome, the Eternal City, not so long before the plans for 40 Wall Street, Chrysler Building and Empire State Building took shape:
Being "only" 83.8m tall (100m including radio antenna on the rooftop) it competed with Palacio Barolo for the recognition as the Southern Hemishere's Tallest Building. In 1934 their competition stopped, but it's another story.
And back in Rome, another proposal for Mole Littoria was submitted in 1937 by Armando Brasini:
But the plans to erect this Neo-Baroque structure were canceled when Il Duce decided to concentrate on the E42 World Fair site in the outskirts of Rome (one more story to tell). In the meanwhile, Fascist youth could train and march at the new Forum: