645 Fifth Avenue, Olympic Tower

One of Fifth Avenue’s few truly Miesian designs and the first mixed-use structure to be constructed on Fifth Avenue, 645 Fifth Avenue, better known as Olympic Tower, was constructed as a joint venture of Aristotle Onassis and Arlen Realty & Development.  Completed in 1976 to plans by Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill, the building is a… Continue reading

510 Fifth Avenue, The Manufacturers Hanover Trust Building

A revolutionary banking structure of 1954 that put the vault front and center on the street level, the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Building at 510 Fifth Avenue is a masterpiece of proportion from the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and provided the basis for countless (usually inferior) knockoffs nationwide. Recent conversion to commercial space has… Continue reading