W. R. Grace Building

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W. R. Grace Building
W. R. Grace Building, New York, NY 10018, USA - Jan 2013.jpg
Curved vertical facade fronting on 42nd Street
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location Sixth Avenue & 42nd Street
New York City, New York
Coordinates Coordinates: 40°45′17″N 73°58′57″W / 40.75472°N 73.98250°W / 40.75472; -73.98250
Construction started 1971
Completed 1974
Owner Brookfield Office Properties
Roof 192.03 m (630.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 50
Floor area 1,518,000 sq ft (141,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Gordon Bunshaft
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Developer W. R. Grace & Co.

The W. R. Grace Building is a skyscraper in Manhattan.


The building was designed principally by Gordon Bunshaft, and completed in 1974.[3][4] The building was commissioned by the W.R. Grace Company, and was also used by the Deloitte & Touche, LLP, formerly Deloitte Haskins & Sells.

The building is located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas (also known as Sixth Avenue), but the main entrance is on 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th. It overlooks Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. The building size is approximately 1,518,000 rentable square feet, and sits on a site approximately 100 x 442 feet (67,875 square feet). The ownership is currently Brookfield Financial Properties, LP.


One of the notable aesthetic attributes of the building is the convex vertical slope of its north and south facades, on 42nd and 43rd Street. This is similar to another of Bunshaft's creations, the Solow Building, which is no coincidence, as he had used the initial, rejected façade design for that building in his design for the Grace Building.[3] The exterior of the building is covered in white travertine, which forms a contrast against the black windows and makes the building appear brighter than those surrounding it.

The Grace Building is located on the former site of Stern's department stores' flagship location and headquarters.

In 2005, the City University of New York opened a "Welcome Center" on the ground floor of the Grace Building as a one-stop information center for prospective students.[5]

Cultural references[edit]

The Grace Building was featured in the 2007 Marvel Comics motion picture Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The Silver Surfer, pursued by the Human Torch, surfs down the south face of The Grace Building, imploding windows in his cosmic-energy wake. At street-level, he continues west down 42nd Street towards Times Square and, eventually, the Lincoln Tunnel. The Surfer's landing damages vehicles parked in front of the building, flipping one car upside-down. The end of this scene was also incorporated into an auto insurance commercial in which a mother and daughter greet their husband/father as he exits the Grace Building and begin the task of explaining why their vehicle, which was parked on 42nd St. in front of the Grace Building, is upside-down and ablaze.

The Grace Building also appears in the 2010 comedy film Morning Glory, as the headquarters of the IBS Television network, where aspiring executive producer Becky Fuller snags a job. The Grace Building was also featured in Paul Levinson's 2003 novel The Pixel Eye.

The building's distinctive look was also copied in D.C. Comics for the headquarters of S.T.A.R. Labs, and in The Venture Bros. for 1 Impossible Plaza, home of a Fantastic-Four-ish parody team.



See also[edit]


  1. ^ W. R. Grace Building at Emporis
  2. ^ W. R. Grace Building at SkyscraperPage
  3. ^ a b "W. R. Grace Building". Emporis. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  4. ^ "W. R. Grace Building". Skyscraper Source Media. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  5. ^ "About CUNY". CUNY. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  6. ^ Bain New York City
  7. ^ Cooley LLP | About Us | Offices | New York
  8. ^ "Contact Us" (Archive). Trizec Properties. April 11, 2003. Retrieved on March 8, 2014. "Trizec Properties, Inc. - New York The Grace Building 1114 Avenue of the Americas, 31st Floor New York, NY 10036"

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