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.
375 Park Ave., between E. 52nd and E. 53rd Sts., New York, New York, 10022, United States
Dec 14, 2008
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.