New York Architecture Images- Midtown

Phillip Morris Headquarters


Ulrich Franzen & Associates


120 Park Avenue at East 41st Street, Nw Corner To East 42nd Street




International Style II  


110m, 361ft.  26 floors  engineers Shmerykowsky Consulting Engineers


Office Building






- Headquarters of the Phillip Morris tobacco company.
- The exterior curtain wall is made of 1½" granite on precast concrete panels.
- The foundations consist of four basement levels which were designed to accommodate a number of subway tunnels that extend throughout the site.
- On the ground floor, there is a public garden, a café and an annex of the Whitney Museum of Modern Art housing temporary exhibitions.
- The austere style of the building follows the International Style with hints to Classicism, with the curtain wall giving way to masonry motifs.
- The 42nd Street side has a tall colonnade creating a sheltered bay, the facade having horizontal bands of windows. There are openings at the top, with the street level columns continuing through these.
- The light grey granite exterior consists of two differing facade types, facades on opposite sides being similar. The facade facing Park Avenue (as well as the opposing side) has heavy columnwork base, main facade being vertically accentuated by pilasters.


With a classy looking building and a nice public lobby and art gallery for the public on the ground floor, Philip Morris is probably desperately trying to escape their evil empire image. Unfortunately they are the evil empire of cigarettes being the largest manufacturer in the world of cigarettes with its well known brand name Marlboro. However not only do these guys make cigarettes, but they make all the food and beer in our fridge (Kraft, Miller, and Oscar Meyer). And they do it all for an enormous 72 billion in sales.