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28 Liberty

28 Liberty (formerly 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, architects, 1956-60

 

—Exploring Lower Manhattan —

 
28 Liberty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, January 9, 2019
1. 28 Liberty Marker
Inscription.
Back in the 1950s, while other banks were deserting Downtown for Midtown, Chase Manhattan Bank commissioned this majestic, 60-story, steel-and-glass tower-in-a-plaza. The new skyscraper, rising on a superblock assembled from tiny parcels of land defined by ancient winding Dutch streets, launched a new round of Downtown development. Vice Chairman David Rockefeller, who encouraged the choice of a modern design, oversaw its construction. Chinese investment group Fosun International bought the property in 2013 and renamed it 28 Liberty. Fosun will modernize 28 Liberty and transform it into a true mixed-use property with retail stores at and below grade, an events and restaurant venue on the top floor and an activated plaza with events for office workers and the community.

Rising from the plaza is Jean Dubuffet’s sculpture “Group of Four Trees” – 25 tons of fiberglass, aluminum and steel fabricated outside Paris and shipped to New York in 19 pieces. At four stories high, it is among the tallest sculptures in New York. Trees arrived in 1972 as Rockefeller’s gift “for the enjoyment of the Downtown community,” marking his 25th anniversary on Wall Street. Dubuffet’s work complements Isamu Noguchi’s sunken sculpture garden – 60 feet across with basalt rocks imported from Japan’s Uji River.
 
Location.
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, January 9, 2019
2. Inset
The Chase Manhattan Bank Tower
40° 42.486′ N, 74° 0.588′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Nassau Street near Cedar Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Equitable Building (here, next to this marker); Federal Reserve Bank of New York (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Federal Reserve Bank of New York (within shouting distance of this marker); Chamber of Commerce / Liberty Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Liberty Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); 33 Liberty Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ohio Company of Associates (about 400 feet away); On this site in Federal Hall (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding 28 Liberty. The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition". The final scenes from the film "Working Girl" were shot here.
 
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Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, January 9, 2019
3. Inset
Paper currency issued by the Chase Bank
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By Larry Gertner, February 15, 2015
4. Inset
David Rockefeller and Jean Dubuffet at the dedication of "Group of Four Trees", October 24, 1972.
Chase Manhattan Plaza Marker, 2000 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, February 15, 2015
5. Chase Manhattan Plaza Marker, 2000
The original "Heritage Trails" version.
Chase Manhattan Bank Tower entrances image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, February 15, 2015
6. Chase Manhattan Bank Tower entrances
Chase Manhattan Bank Tower image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2006
7. Chase Manhattan Bank Tower
David Rockefeller Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, January 9, 2019
8. David Rockefeller Plaza
Location for "Group of Four Trees" and the sunken garden.
"Group of Four Trees" after an early 2000's restoration. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2006
9. "Group of Four Trees" after an early 2000's restoration.
The sunken garden image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2006
10. The sunken garden
David Rockefeller Plaza dedication marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, January 9, 2019
11. David Rockefeller Plaza dedication marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 10, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7. submitted on January 15, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   8, 9, 10. submitted on January 17, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   11. submitted on January 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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