Lever House, New York City

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The Lever House is a glass-box skyscraper at 390 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Built in the International Style according to the design principles of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Completed in 1952, it was the second curtain wall skyscraper in New York City after the United Nations Secretariat Building. The 307-foot-tall (94 m) building features a courtyard and public space.

The construction of the Lever House marked a transition point for Park Avenue in Midtown, changing it from a boulevard of masonry apartment buildings to one of glass towers as other corporations adopted the International Style for new headquarters. The building's design was copied by Ankara's Emek Business Center in 1959; the Banco de Bogotá headquarters in 1959; the Minneapolis bank headquarters One Financial Plaza in 1960; Paris Orly Airport's Terminal Sud in 1961; the high-rise tower of Berlin's Europa-Center in 1965 and the Hydroproject headquarters in Moscow in 1965-1968.

The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1982 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
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  • The place is beautiful, the service is excellent, the food is wonderful! I really enjoyed a very good Spaghetti a la Carbonara, prepared in the best possible way. Our profiterole dessert was equally.....  more »
  • Few different and interesting aspects to this architecture....some might suggest that it needs updating.  more »

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