There’s a new post at CityLand regarding the AT&T Building at 550 Madison Avenue and how, to the dismay of the architectural and preservation communities, the Commission has declined to include the lobby in the Landmarks Preservation designation. Here’s a clip:
The Commission has offered its reasons for rejecting out of hand the AT&T lobby. None is convincing. Some are untrue.
To be clear: the lobby is just as designed by Johnson and Burgee. When the building opened, the lobby featured as its centerpiece “Spirit of Communication,” better known a “Golden Boy.” The 24-foot statue had stood atop the company’s old headquarters downtown at 195 Broadway. In 1992, AT&T sold the building at 550 Madison to SONY and removed the piece to its new suburban campus in New Jersey. The statue graced the lobby for only 8 years.
In addition to transit, the other, huge issue, is storm resiliency.
Here are a few clips on the efforts.
George Janes met with the City Club Urban Design Committee this morning to discuss the reasons for the proliferation of super tall buildings and what might help to control them. Slides of his presentation are attached (6.9 MB pdf), and we welcome further comments.
Daily News: Opinion, by Jeffrey Kroessler and John West, July 24, 2017
A century ago, New York City enacted the first zoning resolution to control the size and density of development. Today, the de Blasio administration is poised to toss aside our zoning rules to foster construction of massive new towers in East Midtown, particularly around Grand Central Terminal.
By Jeffrey A. Kroessler 04/16/2015