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The Architecture of Park Avenue South

20 July 11:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: SW corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue, Meet inside the atrium space of the Philip Morris Building
120 Park Avenue
New York, NY

Park Avenue below Grand Central Terminal and Park Avenue South (formerly Fourth Avenue) passes through the known neighborhoods of Murray Hill and Rose Hill. Contemporary monikers also refer to parts of this area as the Flatiron and NoMad districts. Once the insurance row of Manhattan, today it is a lively mix of commercial, residential and institutional uses including transformed Class B office buildings and recent ground up additions.


Within this corridor lies an encyclopedia of the architecture of New York City. Charles Follen McKim, Stanford White, and James Renwick Jr. prominently represent the 19th century, while projects by Cass Gilbert, Ely Jacques Kahn, and Harvey Wiley Corbett ushered in the first forty years of the 20th century. Contemporary work by Ennead Architects, Michael Graves, Renzo Piano, PelliClarkePelli, Christian dePortzamparc, Gwathmey Siegel, and Kohn Pedersen Fox, and are highlighted on the Avenues and adjacent blocks.


This tour examines urban design and architectural issues including NYC zoning, the Manhattan grid, POP bonus plazas, Class A and Class B office buildings, and façade organizing principles.