New York Architecture Images- Midtown

Henri Bendel


tower Kohn Pedersen Fox Assocs. and Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron


712 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street


tower 1990-1991


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The new tower above was built in 1990-1991 next to Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, over which this 53-storey tower looms. 
To preserve the facades of three landmarked early-century low-rises on the building site, these had to be incorporated into the base of the new tower, which was set back 16 meters from Fifth Avenue. Two of these, the Rizzoli (1908) and Coty Buildings (1909) were renovated in 1989 by Beyer Blinder Belle and incorporated into the overall design. The latter, as the new Bendel's store, doubles as a four-storey, balconied entrance to the tower. 

The building stands catty-corner to the Trump Tower, being at 198 m of about the same height, but with a form of a more conventional nature, a stone facing of limestone and white marble and a composed rhythm of differing small windows. The marble-clad mid-portion of the tower shaft is slightly recessed, bordered by corners of limestone. 

The entry to the building lobby is from 56th Street, the lobby sporting a skylight roof and marble decor overall.