Carnegie Hall Tower
|Carnegie Hall Tower|
Carnegie Hall Tower
|Location||152 W. 57th Street
New York City
|Roof||757 ft (231 m)|
|Design and construction|
Carnegie Hall Tower is a 60-story skyscraper located on 57th Street in New York City. Part of a cluster of three very tall buildings (along with CitySpire Center and Metropolitan Tower), the tower was built in an architectural style in harmony with its western neighbor Carnegie Hall, a New York landmark.
The tower is 231 meters (757 ft) tall and was completed in 1991 following the design by Cesar Pelli first conceived in 1987. This design won an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1994.
The Carnegie Hall Tower seems impossibly slim from the front (the main shaft is 50 feet (15 m) wide) however has wide sides facing its neighbors, the Russian Tea Room and Metropolitan Tower on the east and Carnegie Hall on the west. It was clad in brick and glazed brick of several colors, with precast concrete "lintels" above windows, and painted metal bands at intervals of six floors. The large cornice atop the shaft is an open trellis of wide-flange steel sections. The lobby and common rooms are covered in marble and granite with hardwood and brass accents.
The structural system for this extremely slender tower (2.8:1 aspect ratio above the 44th floor) is two joined tubes of cast-in-place concrete, designed by engineer Jacob Grossman of Robert Rosenwasser Associates.
In 2001, former President Bill Clinton had planned to locate his office on the 56th floor of Carnegie Hall Tower. After facing heavy criticism over the $738,000 annual cost to be paid for by taxpayers, Clinton chose office space on 125th Street in the Harlem neighborhood.
The popular British situation comedy "Absolutely Fabulous" filmed scenes on the roof of the tower in 1995. The episode titled "The End" features Patsy Stone, drinking Vodka on the roof alone, as best friend Edina Monsoon appears by helicopter to take her home to the UK.