985 Fifth Avenue

Often mistaken for a wing of 980 Fifth Avenue, 985 Fifth Avenue shares its more controversial neighbor’s setback but seems more deserving of the “excruciatingly banal” epithet.

The unusual sculpture in front (pictured above) is by Priscilla Kapel and is titled “The Castle”. The work might be intended as an ironic take on the Gothic architecture of the mansions destroyed for the erection of 985 Fifth…but that would probably be giving architects Wechsler & Schimenti and developer Bernard Spitzer too much credit.

The building was completed in 1969.

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