A view of the World War I victory arch astride Fifth Avenue. We are looking downtown in the direction of the Flatiron Building; Madison Square Park is to the left of the arch, out of view in this photo. Constructed in 1919, the temporary structure was dismantled the following year. Photo by Irving Underhill, via the Library of Congress.
Telephoto view looking north of Midtown Manhattan skyscrapers from Empire State Building’s 86th floor observatory in the Fall of 1961. At left, foreground is the 500 Fifth Avenue tower (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931), and the 52-story Union Carbide glass and aluminum tower (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1960) can be seen at extreme right.
Night view of Midtown Manhattan skyscrapers looking south from the top of R.C.A. Building, on Rockefeller Center in March, 1972.
The 102-story Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931), fully illuminated, dominates the skyline in the center. The 110-story Twin Towers of World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki-Emery Roth & Sons, 1973-1974) under construction are in background. The 58-story Art Deco 500 Fifth Avenue Tower (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) is on the left.
Building boom in the Avenue of Americas’ skyscraper row, at right, on foreground, with three new International Style supertowers under construction: 50-story white travertine marble and black-tinted glass W.R. Grace Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1973), the new 40-story New York Telephone Tower (Kahn & Jacobs, 1974) and the steel skeleton of the new 47-story 1166 Avenue of the Americas (Skidmnore, Owings & Merrill, 1974) rises up, below. The 45-story 1133 Avenue of the Americas Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1969) are visible on the extreme right with the 41-story 1411 Broadway Building (Irwin Chanin, 1969) and the new 57-story One Penn Plaza (Kahn & Jacobs, 1972, in darkness) are visible on background.
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Art deco facade of the Fred F. French Building by Toni Shi
It was erected in 1927 with a striking art deco facade contributing significantly to the international reputation of Fifth Avenue.The building measures approximately 430,000 rentable square feet and is currently owned by The Feil Organization. It is used primarily as an office building and also houses classrooms of Pace University. The building is one of the better known projects of the real estate developer Frederick Fillmore French. The lead architects were H. Douglas Ives and Sloan & Robertson. The tallest building on Fifth Avenue when completed, by the 1990s underwent a complete restoration, subsequently earning the Building Owners and Managers Association 1994/1995 Historic Building of the Year Award. The National Register of Historic Places listed the building in January 2004.
Past tenants have included The Cattleman restaurant and Raymond Abrahams, an award winning diamond jeweler.
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