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Corning Glass Works Building

Identification

Corning Glass Works Building
Merrill Lynch Financial Center
115156

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
international style

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Constructed for the Corning Glass Company between 1956 and 1958, 717 Fifth Avenue gained a reputation as an undisputed landmark of postwar international style modernism.
  • Between 1993 and 1994, the internationally renowned design firm, Gwathmey Siegel, renovated the dramatic two-story lobby and common areas.
  • Designed by Wallace K. Harrison of Harrison, Abramovitz & Abbe to function as a demonstration of the Corning Glass Company's principal product, it was recognized for having achieved a high point of refinement in the design of glass curtain-wall office towers.
  • The upper floors offer breathtaking views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue.
  • The lobby features rotating art exhibitions and a permanent mural by Josef Albers.
  • The Building is located in the exclusive Fifth Avenue Retail Corridor and the Plaza District office submarket on Fifth Avenue between 55th Street and 56th Street.

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Location

717 5th Avenue at East 56th Street, SE Corner
10022
Midtown
Manhattan
New York City
New York
U.S.A.

Technical Data

357.00 ft
357.00 ft
321.00 ft
28
1956
1958

Involved Companies

environmental consultant, owner, tenant
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