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1001 Fifth Ave


Philip Johnson /John Burgee


1001 Fifth Ave, Bet. East 81st & East 82nd Streets.






Slanting buttresses support the tall screen roof element and while the avenue façade is entirely limestone the other sides of the building are covered in buff brick.


76-unit, 22-story cooperative Apartment Building
I think that this building, as usual, shows Johnson's great talent. Iconic post-modernism.
"High-rise pretentiousness with an openly ersatz mansard roof whose true nature is apparent to any who care to look. An architectural conceit raised to new heights," Elliot Willensky and Norval White, "The A.I.A. Guide to New York City, Third Edition," (Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1988). 

"But the dark gray bay windows and their connecting metal spandrels form strong vertical elements that totally negate these horizontal strips. And the 'honest,' or tongue-in-cheek, gesture of stopping the moldings short of the sides of the building may be amusing for those in the know, but their use just seems unresolved. It does not help that the moldings look like sliced-off Tootsie Rolls," Ada Louise Huxtable, "Architecture Anyone?" (The University of California Press, 1985).

"The entrance, however, has the elegant Johnson touch. Designed originally as a Sullivanesque arch - a feature that was abandoned - it has turned out to be the least 'reminiscent' feature and the best part of the building," Huxtable maintained.
1001 Fifth Ave. renamed again 
The building at 1001 Fifth Ave. is having another identity crisis, its fourth in 20 years. 

"It's getting a new face and a new name," said Tom Fellman, leasing agent from CB Richard Ellis. 

Building owners recently decided to give the office tower a new name starting in January to coincide with the completion of major renovations. 

The owners "wanted a name that would have some permanence to it and not change regardless of the tenant," Fellman said. 

Over the past two decades, changes in major tenants have prompted owners to name it the Orbanco Building, then Security Pacific Plaza, and finally 1001 Fifth Ave. Major tenant Bank of America already has a downtown building namesake. Current tenants also include Moss Adams and the United States Bankruptcy Court. 

The 23-floor building has been known by its address alone for about seven years, Fellman said, but its new name will be Congress Plaza. 

The name recalls the Congress Hotel, which was demolished to make way for the new building's construction in 1980. 

Congress Plaza includes 372,000 square feet of space which is 90 percent leased, Fellman said. 

It ranked 11th in net rentable office space on The Business Journal's list of largest office buildings last year, and it is owned by real estate investment trust Equity Office Properties Trust, which recently purchased Spieker Properties Inc. 

Major renovation of the first two floors and other common areas is expected to be complete by the end of this year. Fellman said the work is on schedule and 60 percent complete.