461 Fifth Avenue

461 Fifth Avenue

An exceptionally handsome Postmodern building by the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 461 Fifth Avenue was developed by the Japanese group Mitsui Fudosan.  Incorporating cast stone, exposed bracing and a copper mansard roof that echoes numerous other neighboring buildings, 461 Fifth Avenue manages to be playful without being twee and is one of the… Continue reading

425 Fifth Avenue

425 Fifth Avenue

Designed by PostModern titan Michael Graves and developed by RFR Davis, 425 Fifth Avenue was completed in 2003.  When illuminated at night, 425 Fifth Avenue is a well-mannered addition to the skyline; by day the unusual yellow and blue cladding offsets the rather perfunctory detailing and dull brickwork. The 56-story building is the 73rd tallest… Continue reading

420 Fifth Avenue

420 Fifth Avenue

420 Fifth Avenue has the misfortune to stand at an intersection across from three of the avenue’s best and most unusual buildings.  For all that, this 1989 design by Brennan Beer Gorman is a competent essay in the Dallas High PostModern vein, featuring carefully modulated setbacks and lavish marble facing. A small public plaza on… Continue reading

400 Fifth Avenue, Langley Place

400 Fifth Avenue

The swan song of Gwathmey Siegel, 400 Fifth Avenue, also known as Langham Place, is so far the best building of the 21st Century on Fifth Avenue. Replacing a collection of Beaux Arts commercial buildings, 400 Fifth Avenue is a rare triumph of PostModernism – a building that neither apes nor mocks the past yet stands… Continue reading

304 & 306 Fifth Avenue

304 & 306 Fifth Avenue

It’s probably too soon to come to a final opinion about 304 Fifth Avenue (seen here during an early stage of construction), although its 1983-PoMo vibe is not entirely encouraging. We’ll take another look when the last scaffolding is down. The site was previously home to a unique example of a mural-decorated façade with an… Continue reading

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