500 Fifth Avenue Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

500 Fifth Avenue

ARCHITECT: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon

DATE: 1929-31

STYLE: Art Deco

Art Deco Manhattan Midtown West

This is a soaring 59-story Art Deco skyscraper, located at the northwest corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. The building was constructed concurrently with the Empire State Building.

Located in two zoning districts with differing setback requirements, it is asymmetrically massed with setbacks at the 18th, 22nd, and 25th stories on Fifth Avenue and a recessed light court beginning at the eighth story and setbacks at the 23rd, 28th, and 34th stories on West 42nd Street. Sheathed in limestone, terra cotta, and buff brick, the facades are enriched with carefully scaled Art Deco motifs, which accentuate the building’s sculptural massing and emphasize its verticality.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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