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Seagram Building

  • 375 Park Ave. Map It
  • Midtown East
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Updated 02/24/2014

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a pioneer of modern architecture, built this boxlike bronze-and-glass tower in 1958. The austere facade belies its wit: I-beams, used to hold buildings up, here are merely attached to the surface, representing the idea of support. The Seagram Building's innovative ground-level plaza, extending out to the sidewalk, has since become a common element in urban skyscraper design. With its two giant fountains and welcoming steps, it's also a popular lunch spot with midtown workers. Visit late in the afternoon to avoid crowds.

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375 Park Ave., between E. 52nd and E. 53rd Sts., New York, New York, 10022, United States

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Updated 02/24/2014

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Dec 14, 2008

Historically important but not very impressive

This is a historically important building by a world renowned architect, though it now looks like numerous of other buildings of its era and doesn't really stand out from its imitators. Maybe that's a good thing, but I came away underwhelmed.

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