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

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

546 Fifth Avenue

Completed in 1990 for the Bank of Brazil, the mirrored 546 Fifth Avenue is a flashy and (almost immediately) dated affair that suggests the opening credits of Dallas rather than the Midtown blocks of Manhattan. A rather bizarre first floor commercial space features neo-classical wood paneling jarringly at odds with the exterior. Emery Roth &… Continue reading

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

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