Faces on Fifth: Dr. Radhika Subramaniam of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

In this installment of Faces on Fifth, our ongoing series of profiles of the people behind Fifth Avenue’s businesses, institutions and buildings we speak to Dr. Radhika Subramaniam, the Director & Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Located at 66 Fifth Avenue opposite the New School’s eye-catching new University Center at 65… Continue reading

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue

Now part of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, the original building at 66 Fifth Avenue has been attributed to theater architect Thomas W. Lamb, who also designed the apartment house at 51 Fifth; if it was not a retrofitting of an older building, 66 Fifth was a highly unusual exterior design for Lamb, more… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: Rizzoli Bookstore Threatened

Located at 31 West 57th Street, the Rizzoli Bookstore has been called one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Originally the offices and showroom of the Sohmer Piano Company, the circa 1905 store preserves extraordinary interior details, including vaulted plaster ceilings. Additions by architects Hardy, Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, who restored and renovated the… Continue reading

The New School University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue

Along with 61 Fifth across 13th Street to the south, the New School University Center at 63 Fifth is the first new ground-up construction on Fifth Avenue south of 14th Street in decades.  Replacing a generally undistingushed two-story building the design from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Roger Duffy features brass “clapboards” and ribbon windows that reference… Continue reading

Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger Open House, February 5th, 2014

On an icy Wednesday, February 5th, Landmark Branding was pleased to be among the resilient guests at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Open House reception.  The distinguished engineering firm, which specializes in designing, investigating and rehabilitating structures and building enclosures, recently moved its New York office to a new floor-wide space at 550 Seventh Avenue, one… Continue reading