“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Lever House

Lever House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 10, 2019
1. Lever House Marker
Inscription.  The Lever House was designed by Gordon Bunshaft for the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and completed in 1952. It was built as the international headquarters for Lever Brothers Company, a manufacturer of commercial soaps and detergents.

The New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Lever House as an official landmark in 1982, observing a requirement that a building must have existed for 30 years. The landmark designation of November 9, 1982 stated: “Lever House has a special character, special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage, and cultural characteristic of New York City….it is among the first, as well as the most famous, corporate expressions of the Modern International style in postwar America….is widely recognized as a key monument in the evolution of the International Style and has assumed an important role in the literature of modern architecture, and that lever House remains outstanding for its spatial clarity, scale, and beauty of form.”

The building was purchased in 1998 by RFR Holding LLC who began a capital improvement
Lever House Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 10, 2019
2. Lever House Marker site
Lever House Art Collection within.
program to restore the building’s distinctive curtain wall, stainless steel mullions, and public spaces. The renovation project included the addition of marble benches designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi for the building’s plazas, which were elements in Bunshaft’s original 1952 plans for Lever House but were never realized.

Since the completion of the Lever House renovation, the building’s outdoor plaza and glass-enclosed lobby have been used as an exhibition area for the ambitious and contemporary Lever House Art Collection. This program commissions artists to create works specifically for the Lever House space, responding to the architecture, atmosphere, street, and pedestrian traffic in innovative ways. The artworks are then purchased for the collection.

In recent years, an exciting and diverse number of paintings, sculptures, and light installations have been featured. The purpose of the Lever House Art Collection is to form an inventive and impressive collection of art created in the early twenty-first century that recognizes outstanding artists of aesthetic significance, and simultaneously enhances the artistic environment of New York City.
Location. 40° 45.563′ N, 73° 58.364′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Park Avenue near East 53rd Street
Lever House image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 15, 2015
3. Lever House
, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 390 Park Avenue, New York NY 10022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Seagram Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 116 East 55th Street (about 500 feet away); Central Synagogue (about 700 feet away); St. Bartholomew Church’s Church and Community House (about 700 feet away); Kiton (about 800 feet away); 570 Lexington Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Regis Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The University Club (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding Lever House. The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
Also see . . .  Lever House at Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 15, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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