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NYC: W.R. Grace Building

The W.R. Grace Building is a 192m (630 ft) tall, 50-story skyscraper located on the former site of Stern's department stores' flagship location and headquarters.

 

Designed principally by Gordon Bunshaft, of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill,and completed in 1971, the he building was commissioned by the W.R. Grace Corporation, and was also used by the Deloitte & Touche Corporation. One of the notable aesthetic attributes of the building is the slope of its facade on 43rd Street, which is similar to another of Bunshaft's New York creations, the Solow Building.

 

The exterior of the building is covered in white travertine which forms a contrast from the black windows. The white makes the building appear brighter than the surrounding buildings however highlights the windows too. The building's plaza on the 43rd Street side extends to the Sixth Avenue corner and it, as well as the sidewalk on the 42nd Street side of the building, is clad in the same white travertine as used on the building's facades.

 

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Taken on April 28, 2003