In its original form the hotel incorporated five restaurants and no less than ten ballrooms.
The 153 m tall hotel has a plan, less typical for its age, with a bent slab shape.
The facade consists of horizontal striping of steel-framed windows and yellow glazed brick facing.
Lapidus used the bending slab style earlier in NYC in his 1961 Summit Hotel, on Lexington Avenue.
At the time of its completion, the building was the tallest concrete-framed structure in the city.
On the north side is a 25-storey wing located above the entrance and the glass-walled lobby.
Originally built as the Americana Hotel, the design stage involved Lapidus, the architect, in a dispute which led to his resignation from working also on the New York Hilton Hotel project.
Its unusual frame system consists of three zones: floors 1 through 5 were supported by steel-concrete composite columns, floors 5 through 29 by concrete sheer walls and 29 to 51 by reinforced concrete columns.
The Seventh Avenue sidewalk has a striped paving that extends around the semicircular rotunda that extrudes from underneath the west end of the slab.
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