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Today's Featured Building: Plaza Tower (118 East 60th Street)

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Plaza Tower, or the Plaza Tower Apartments as it was know on competion, took advantage of changes to New York City's Zoning Resolution in 1961, which offered bonuses to builders who put a new development behind a plaza.

Consistent balconies and concrete piers emphasizing its height
Well, the building sits back 65 feet from the building line to accommodate a circular driveway and a landscaped area - and was built "jarringly" tall, said some critics. The concept of a plaza was good, but following the guidelines to the letter, this plaza doesn't provide too much benefit to the public. That ruling came out years later, indicating that plazas must be of some benefit to the general public.

So, up it went, climbing to 34 stories and housing 232 suites. It was a centrally located functional apartment building serving the purpose it was designed for, housing. The building, whose lobby was designed by Raymond Loewy/William Snaith, was converted to a cooperative in 1970.

The overall design of the building was a departure from the typical solid masonry buildings seen on Park Avenue and on Lexington. The advent of Plaza Tower was the one of the forerunners of tall lean towers, ushering in an era of architectural adventures in the years to come.[1]


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