According to Beal Construction LLC, this was the tallest facade ever preserved in this way:
Naturally I saw that it could be climbed easily, so I waited for a night when I was good and bored, and did so.
The going was easy at first, but quickly required more and more exertion as I went up. You can see the Broderick Tower still under renovation here, and the Whitney not yet started:
I stopped at about every floor for a rest, so as to keep my energy up. Sloop waited below with the beers.
It's been several years since I did this; I'm surprised there have been no taggers leaving their mark up there yet that I've noticed, or political activists utilizing it as a pirate billboard. Hint, hint.
This was a six- or seven-story structure that we were free-climbing, by the way.
Finally I neared the upper floors with the arched windows and fancy stonework:
I'll admit it was pretty hard getting decently composed pictures, being that I had to wrap my legs and/or at least one arm around the steel to keep myself from falling, while using another hand to brace the camera against the structure somehow for longer exposures.
After I had gone Sloop took his turn, and quickly understood why I had come back down in some measure of physical pain from the fatigue of clinging to the side of a steel girder for the entire duration of the climb (about 20 minutes). I was sore for about four days afterward.