32 Avenue of the Americas

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32 Avenue of the Americas
32 Avenue of Americas.jpg
General information
Type Office
Architectural style Art Deco
Location 32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013, United States
Completed 1932
Owner Rudin Management Company
Height
Antenna spire 167.3 m (549 ft)
Roof 130.8 m (429 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 27
Floor area 1,150,000 sq ft (107,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker
Fox & Fowle Architects P.C.
References
[1]

32 Avenue of the Americas also known as the AT&T Long Distance Building, is a 27-story landmarked Art Deco skyscraper located in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. The building reaches a height of 549 feet (167.3 m) up to its twin spires, and was completed in 1932. It is located by the intersections of Walker Street, Lispenard Street, Church Street and the Avenue of the Americas.

The structure is currently the 369th tallest building in New York City[2] and the 3,956 tallest building in the world.[3] The tower was designed by the architectural firm of Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker, and contains 1,150,000 square feet (107,000 m2) of office space. It is managed by the privately held Rudin Management Company.

History[edit]

Occupied by AT&T, the building was originally known as the AT&T Long Lines Headquarters and was located at 24 Walker Street. Major reconstruction on the building followed during the early 1930s, as the address changed to 32 Avenue of the Americas.[4] The building housed the technical offices and equipment for the company's transatlantic communications and other functions. In 1992, when AT&T sold the former AT&T Building in Midtown Manhattan to Sony, the company moved its head offices to the Tribeca location.[5]

Between 2001–02, the tower underwent an extensive renovation by the architecture firm of Fox & Fowle, which included the installation of new mechanical and communications infrastructures.[6] The highlight of the restoration included the placement of two 120-foot-tall (37 m) communications masts which increased the height of the overall tower from 429 feet (131 m) to 549 feet (167 m). Numerous features of the building's original design were restored, including the lobby with its expansive Art Deco murals. A quarter of the building's windows were replaced with louvers which emulated the pattern of the original sash windows.[6]

Architecture[edit]

Avenue of Americas side

The building's entrance lobby contains a wall covered with a tiled map of the world. The ceiling is decorated with an allegorical mosaic decor.[1] The exterior cladding of the facade is composed of brown brick–colored applied masonry.[1]

Tenants[edit]

The building is leased to corporate clients such as Cogent Communications, Clear Channel, Mission Capital Advisors, Qwest, Cambridge University Press, Verizon, T-Mobile, TV Globo International, Globo News, Dentsu America, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), Tata Communications (TCL), and New York University among others.[7][8] The 24th floor of the building also houses a carrier-neutral, co-location and interconnection facility for communication providers known as The Hub. The facility is a convergent point for buyers and sellers of bandwidth; for over 50 terrestrial carriers, content providers, ISPs, and enterprise tenants.[9]

The ground floor on the Walker Street side houses the "iHeart Radio theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 32 Avenue of the Americas at Emporis
  2. ^ NYC Skyscraper Diagram. Skyscraperpage.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  3. ^ World's Tallest Building 2010. Skyscraperpage.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  4. ^ Milestone in AT&T Network History. AT&T. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  5. ^ AT&T Building. Emporis. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  6. ^ a b 32 Avenue of the Americas. FXFowle. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  7. ^ The Hub at 32 Sixth Avenue
  8. ^ Features & Amenities. 32sixthavenue.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  9. ^ The Ultimate Meet Point for Global Communications. thehubat32sixthavenue.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  10. ^ Now there is an "iHeart Radio Theater" in NYC[dead link] Radio-info.com

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