693 Fifth Avenue

693 Fifth Avenue

Called “the best Postmodern building in the city” by architectural historian Carter B. Horsley, 693 Fifth Avenue was designed by Johnson & Burgee for the Japanese department store Takashimaya.  Completed in 1993, the building provided a robustly contextual solution to the gap that previously existed between two of Midtown’s most refined buildings, the Elizabeth Arden… Continue reading

650 Fifth Avenue

650 Fifth Avenue

Designed by John Carl Warnecke for the Pahlavi Foundation, a non-profit run by the Shah of Iran, 650 Fifth Avenue was at the center of a dramatic international legal battle when the Islamic Republic of Iran sought ownership of the building along with the deposed Shah’s other property. A versatile architect who pioneered contextualism, Carl… Continue reading

592 Fifth Avenue

592 Fifth Avenue

A rare example of a relatively recent high-style design fallen far from grace: 592 Fifth Avenue, originally a 1911 Carrere & Hastings building, was reclad in 1964 in the luxurious proto-Post Modern mode established by architects such as Edward Durrell Stone and Phillip Johnson. The most infamous example of the style, Stone’s former museum building… Continue reading

575 Fifth Avenue

575 Fifth Avenue

575 Fifth Avenue is a graceless PoMo lump.  Recent storefront changes actually improve the façade by somewhat lightening the overall tonnage of puce granite.

555 Fifth Avenue

555 Fifth Avenue

An intriguing building, 555 Fifth Avenue was originally designed in 1955 by Emery Roth & Sons and was a simple Mid-Century building similar to 529 Fifth Avenue.  Redesigned in 1993 by architect Der Scutt, the building was transformed, according to The New York Times, by “Caledonia gray flame-finished granite, mocha-colored semi-circular elements, sandstone aluminum panels… Continue reading

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