owings & merril

Skyscrapers under construction on the Avenue of the Americas area, north of Rockefeller Center in Fall of 1962. View looking southeast from Park Sheraton Hotel. Buildings under construction are the New York Hilton Hotel (William B. Tabler-Harrison & Abramovitz, 1963) at left; and the 45-story Sperry Rand Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1963). The 42-story Equitable Life Assurance Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1961) are at right. Above it is the top of 70-story Rockefeller Center’s R.C.A. Building (Associated Architects, 1933).

Photo: Andreas Feininger.

Source: Andreas Feininger, Kate Simon. “New York” (New York, Viking Press, 1964).


Throwback Thursday: A Bank for the Jet Age

Completed in 1959, this building was one of several First National City Bank branches located at what was then known as Idlewild Airport (renamed John F. Kennedy Airport in 1963). While the branch served Idlewild passengers and employees, it also handled transactions for airport operations and local industries. The spacious banking floor—revealed through recessed glass walls set within steel framing—sits above a sheltered entrance lobby lined with parking spots on either side and three drive-through windows behind: a jet-aged convenience for customers on the go.


Cadet Chapel – U. S. Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs - El Paso County, Colorado, USA; 1956-63

Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
(photographs by Stewarts and Williams & Meyer CO)

see map | outside view | inside view

via “Informes de la Construcción: Volume 18, 171" (1965)


 Model Monday: Building with LEGOs

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago created its “Brick by Brick” exhibit to make the ideas behind large and complex structures more accessible. With models built entirely from LEGOs, the show emphasizes the aspects of play at work in architecture. The museum asked design firms and schools to use the beloved plastic blocks to imagine new models for sustainable building. Our contribution, titled “More with Less,” represents an abstract structural network of bricks that can be scaled to an array of building typologies. Shown here are some of the study models created during the design process for the final exhibition, on view at the museum until September.

Construction of the 59-story Pan Am Building (Walter Gropius-Emery Roth & Sons-Pietro Belluschi, 1963), atop Grand Central Terminal. View looking north from Lincoln Building, in Spring, 1962, with the 52-story Union Carbide Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1960) at background, at left.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Marc Saporta, Georges Soria. “Los Dos Colosos. Enciclopedia Comparada USA-URSS” Vol. 1. (Barcelona, España, Argos, 1969).

Aerial view looking southwest of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District, in Spring, 1971. 

The Twin Towers of World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki & Associates-Emery Roth & Sons, 1973) under construction are visible at far right, with the U.S. Steel Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1972) under construction and Woolworth Building (Cass Gilbert, 1913) surrounding them. The Cities Service’s Art Deco tower (Clinton & Russell, 1932) are on left, and One Chase Manhattan Plaza (Skimdore, Owings & Merrill, 1961) and Marine Midland Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1967) are on the center.

Photo: Unknown.

Construction of the 45-story Sperry Rand Building at Rockefeller Center (Emery Roth & Sons, 1963) in july of 1962. View of the building under construcción from Andreas Feininger’s office at Time & Life Building, with the Equitable Life Assurance Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1961) at left.

The Sperry Rand Building is on 1290 Avenue of the Americas .

Photo: Andreas Feininger.

‘bloodmage that cant heal’ is pretty ill-conceived but then again so a lot of  merrills plans i think. part of the charm.

(i need to stop drawing at 5 a m)