The building was designed by architect Max Abramovitz of Harrison & Abramovitz. The contractor was George A. Fuller Company. Groundbreaking was in 1961, with construction complete in November 1963.
The 13-story tower has only two curved sides, in an unusual and striking shape variously termed an elliptic lenticular cylinder or lenticular hyperboloid. Its height is 212 feet (65 meters); it measures 225 feet on its long axis, and 87 feet wide at its maximum width. The ends point east and west, with sides facing north and south.