Lever House

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

390 Park Avenue

ARCHITECT: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Gordon Bunshaft

DATE: 1950-52

STYLE: International

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Lever House is a 24-story glass and stainless steel clad office building composed of a vertical slab rising above a horizontal base. Its construction in 1950-52 heralded the beginning of a new wave of American skyscraper construction and a new synthesis of modernist architectural ideals. Since the time of its completion, its crystalline forms and glazed curtain walls have attracted world  attention. It has assumed a major role in the literature of modern architecture and has been widely recognized as a key monument in the evolution of the International style.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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