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Old Posted Feb 23, 2012, 5:38 AM
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Smile NEW YORK | W. R. Grace Building | 630 FT | 50 FLOORS | 1974

No thread for this revolutionary building, along with the Solow.

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Old Posted Feb 23, 2012, 12:39 PM
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For me, what really stands out from this tower is its use of travertine. The stonework gives the building a higher sense of class than most others I believe. It's too bad you really don't notice it unless you walk right up to it.

Just a random thought but if Minas Tirith progressed to the modern architectural age, their skyscrapers would look like this.
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The building is going through some minor renovations at ground level - the 'Grace' sign has been removed.
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I do love the curve on this building, and it's 'sibling' the Solow building. Personally I prefer the overall look of Solow, but to be fair, both are nice looking.
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The building is going through some minor renovations at ground level - the 'Grace' sign has been removed.
the plaza of this tower went thru major renovations this winter, was closed for months.....plus the new steakhouse STK opened a few weeks ago.....i went there the other day and the inside looks beautiful...like being inside a whale!!! LOL

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I'm glad to see a thread for this skyscraper. Apparently Gordon Bunshaft originally came up with the facade used here, when he was working on the Solow. But Solow's developer rejected it, and he decided to use it on another project.
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Some History

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W. R. Grace Building

General information
Type Commercial offices
Location Sixth Avenue & 42nd Street
New York City, New York

Construction started 1971
Completed 1974
Height
Roof 192.03 m (630.0 ft)

Technical details
Floor count 50
Floor area 1,518,000 sq ft (141,000 m2)
Design and construction

Owner Brookfield Office Properties
Architect Gordon Bunshaft
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Developer W. R. Grace & Co.

The W. R. Grace Building is a skyscraper in Manhattan. Major tenants include the Interpublic Group of Companies.

History

The building was designed principally by Gordon Bunshaft, and completed in 1974.

The building was commissioned by the W.R. Grace Company, and was also used by the Deloitte & Touche, LLP formerly Deloitte Haskins & Sells.

However, today it is inhabited by several other organizations, most notably AOL Time Warner and Limited Brands.

The building is located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas (also known as Sixth Avenue), but the main entrance is on 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th.

It overlooks Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. The building size is approximately 1,518,000 rentable square feet, and sits on a site approximately 100 x 442 feet (67,875 square feet). The ownership is currently Brookfield Financial Properties, L.P.
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The steakhouse restaurant looks AWESOME!
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The building is going through some minor renovations at ground level - the 'Grace' sign has been removed.

The sign is back!


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^^^ Yup, happily noticed that a couple weeks ago. The renovations look great and seem to be wrapping up. Right now they're re-doing the sidewalk in front of the building.
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taken from Bryant Park as I was having lunch in the heat !!! 93 degrees today..hottest day of the year!!


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Very nice!
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This building has a twin, the Chase Tower in Chicago. It's amazing how similar they are, when I first saw the Chase Tower my reaction was deja vu, I was like I've seen this before somewhere....
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Elegant building, which has aged gracefully, unlike so many from that period.
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This building has a twin, the Chase Tower in Chicago. It's amazing how similar they are, when I first saw the Chase Tower my reaction was deja vu, I was like I've seen this before somewhere....


not quite a twin but very close .....funny thing is Chicago Chase Tower (1964-1969) was designed 10 years before Grace (1974) perhaps and most likely it was an inspiration for the architect.....


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Planning a trip to New York in September, and I know that I have to visit the Grace building. I love the curves and how different it looks from different angles. Look forward to taking some pictures of my own. And I think that I will have to take the Mrs. to STK for dinner. That place looks awesome!
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not quite a twin but very close .....funny thing is Chicago Chase Tower (1964-1969) was designed 10 years before Grace (1974) perhaps and most likely it was an inspiration for the architect.....


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It's funny how 'Chicago' the Chase Building is, I never even realized it. It's like these two buildings are the colloquial variations on the same theme. Grace would never have been built in Chicago, and Chase never in NY.
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I like the Solow Building more... :|
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solow building is alot nicer but this ones still nice
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