Ford Foundation Building, New York City

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The Ford Foundation Building (also known as 321 East 42nd Street, 320 East 43rd Street, or the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice) is a 12-story office building in East Midtown, Manhattan, New York City, designed by architect Kevin Roche and engineering partner John Dinkeloo in the late modernist style. The building was one of the first that Roche-Dinkeloo produced after they became heads of Eero Saarinen's firm following his 1961 death.

The building consists of a glass-and-steel cube held up by piers made of concrete and clad with Dakota granite. The main entrance is set along 43rd Street. A second entrance on 42nd Street leads to a large a public atrium, the first in an office building in Manhattan. The atrium contains landscaping from Dan Kiley and includes plants, shrubs, trees, and vines. Most offices in the building are north and west of the atrium and are visible from other offices in the building.

The building was commissioned for the Ford Foundation, then the largest private foundation in the United States, after Henry Heald became foundation president. The Ford Foundation Building was announced in 1963 and completed in 1968 on the former site of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Between 2015 and 2018, the Ford Foundation Building underwent a major renovation and restoration project. The Ford Foundation Building has been critically acclaimed for its design, both after its completion and after the renovation. The building and its atrium were made New York City designated landmarks in 1997.
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  • Incredible arboretum in lobby. The visit is free and shouldn’t take longer than half an hour. If you are in the area (for example visiting UN HQ) don’t miss this gem.  more »
  • I worked at the Ford Foundation from 1970 to 1979. Returning to this magnificent structure was quite emotional. It has recently been renovated but the basic structure and arboretum have been...  more »

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