Citicorp Center (now 601 Lexington Avenue) including Saint Peter’s Church

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

601 Lexington Avenue

ARCHITECT: Hugh Stubbins & Associates

DATE: 1974-77

STYLE: Skyscraper

east midtown Manhattan Skyscraper

Designated December 6, 2016

Commissioned by First National City Bank (now Citibank), the 915-foot-tall office tower is one of New York City’s most recognizable skyscrapers. Important for its slanted top, four “super” columns that rise over 100 feet and generous public spaces, it plays a major role on the Manhattan skyline. Each of the 24-foot-square columns is centered beneath one facade, using bold cantilevers to open up the corners of the site, where the church and plaza are located. Clad with aluminum and glass, the four silvery facades are exceptionally smooth, disguising eight tiers of V-shaped steel bracing designed by the noted structural engineer William LeMessurier.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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