New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Seagram Building
375 Park Avenue
— New York City Designated Landmark —
Erected as Seagram’s corporate headquarters in 1956-58, to coincide with the company’s 1957 centennial, the Seagram Building is the only building in New York City designed by the renowned architect Mies van der Rohe. A key monument of 20th Century architecture, it deliberately broke ranks with the continuous masonry corridor of Park Avenue to embody the ideal of a tower in a plaza. Mies relied on the quality of scale, proportions, and materials, rather than on the application of ornamental detail, to achieve the building’s remarkable austere elegance. The floating transparency of its glass curtain wall, balanced against the strength of its exterior bronze members, gives aesthetic expression to the modern skyscraper’s steel-cage structure. Plaza, tower, and interior spaces are integrated by meticulous detailing and carefully chosen material, including Roman travertine for the elevator core and Swenson pink granite for the plaza. Behind the tower, a six-story pavilion houses the Four Seasons Restaurant, which is separately designated as a New York City Interior Landmark.
New York Landmark Preservation Foundation
Location. 40° 45.512′ N, 73° 58.344′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Park Avenue near East 52nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 375 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. Lever House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Bartholomew Church’s Church and Community House (about 500 feet away); 570 Lexington Avenue (about 600 feet away); 116 East 55th Street (about 700 feet away); Central Synagogue (about 700 feet away); Madison Avenue & 50th Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kiton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Thomas Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding The Seagram Building. The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
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