677 Fifth Avenue

The former New York flagship of Fendi, 677 Fifth Avenue’s remarkable Cor-Ten steel façade was the result of a virtuoso reimagining of the original 1920s building by architect Peter Marino.  It has just last year been replaced by Microsoft with a five-story digital display more befitting Times Square than Midtown.  Original details from the 1920s… Continue reading

673 Fifth Avenue & 675 Fifth Avenue

A Beaux Arts Commercial building reworked extensively in the 1980s, 673 Fifth Avenue is perhaps most notable for its eye-catching interior staircase…and given the current spate of renovation, it is impossible to say for how much longer. Next door to the north, 675 Fifth Avenue’s limestone façade was designed by Henry Allan Jacobs in 1920… Continue reading

Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue

A 1913 masterwork of architectural firm Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, Saint Thomas Church (Also known as Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue) is a major example of the Late Gothic Revival. Replacing an impressive design by Richard Upjohn and his son that was lost to fire, the current church is built of self-supporting stone and has… Continue reading

666 FifthAvenue

An aluminum panel-clad monolith completed in 1957 to designs by Carson & Lundin, 666 Fifth Avenue’s address once blazed devilishly from the upper stories in the form of a gigantic neon sign.  Interior treatments of the unique open-ended T-shaped lobby included an interior wwaterfall by artist Isamu Noguchi, while the celebrated “Top of the Sixes”… Continue reading

665 Fifth Avenue, The Rolex Building

Originally built in 1924 for the Scandinavian department store Jansen, 665 Fifth Avenue acquired its current appearance in the 1970s when the building was purchased by Rolex.  The attempt at Miesian elegance suffers in comparison with Olympic Tower just a block south.