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The Art & Architecture of Park Avenue from Lever to Grand Central

New York City, NY

Self Guided Tour
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Everyday over 700,000 New Yorkers pass through Midtown along Park Avenue to and from Grand Central Terminal. This is a part of the City where in a few blocks you can see many of the forces that have shaped our city. There are icons of architecture (Midtown Modernism) and capitalism such as Lever, Seagram, and the Chrysler building. There are icons of real estate such as the Grand Hyatt and Helmsley. There are great clubs and great churches. Under construction is New York second tallest tower, One Vanderbilt. There are stories about Grand Central and its construction, the viaduct which may have been the first limited access highway. There are cultural institutions such as New York Public Library and Scandinavia House. New Yorkers from Commodore Vanderbilt to JP Morgan influenced this neighborhood. This walk will showcase some of the art and architecture along Park Avenue and tell some of the stories about its past, its present, and perhaps future.

Highlights

1.5Seagram Building

2.8Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (Original Hotel)

5.1Grand Central Terminal

What happened here
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Charles Luckman was fired as the President of Unilever just before Lever House opened. Ever resourceful, he called up his former roommate from architectural school William Perreira who invited him to join his Los Angeles Architectural practice. He moves and gets immediately tapped by Charles Bronfman to design the Seagram Building. Bronfman shows the design to his daughter Phyllis who does not approve, takes over the design process and hires Mies Van Der Rohe and Phillip Johnson to design the building.

Events

Open House New York Weekend - October 17th-18th, 2020

Archtober - October, 2020

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