Olympic Tower

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Olympic Tower
Olympic Tower NY by David Shankbone.JPG
General information
Location 645 5th Avenue
New York City, New York
Coordinates 40°45′33″N 73°58′34″W / 40.7592°N 73.9760°W / 40.7592; -73.9760Coordinates: 40°45′33″N 73°58′34″W / 40.7592°N 73.9760°W / 40.7592; -73.9760
Construction started 1972
Completed 1976
Roof 620 ft (190 m)
Technical details
Floor count 51
Floor area 92,900 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Olympic Tower is a 51-story building in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City on Fifth Avenue. It is between East 51st Street and East 52nd Street. The exact address is 641 Fifth Avenue. Built in 1975, it was constructed on a site that was occupied by a Best & Company Store that was built in 1947.[4] It contains 225 condominium apartments and more than 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of office space and retail space. Situated next to St. Patrick's Cathedral, it offers views of the cathedral's buttresses and Fifth Avenue. Upon construction, it became a prime real estate location for the glitterati of that time.

The planned use of the building was a groundbreaking concept at that time because it was the first mixed use zoned for Fifth Avenue, which had 21 floors of offices, 30 of condominiums and high-end retail on the first floor. It was constructed as a joint venture with Aristotle Onassis and his company, Victory Development, in partnership with Arlen Realty & Development Corporation.

It was designed by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, who also designed the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center in Chicago, as well as many other high-rise buildings in the U.S. and worldwide.[5] Paul Goldberger of the New York Times criticized the building's architecture as "oppressively banal".[6]

The completed building housed some of the most luxurious condos in the world at that time. Adnan Khashoggi had a swimming pool installed in his after the building was constructed; and other notables also lived there. The NBA offices are located in the tower between the 12th and 20th floors.[7]

In May 2012, real estate investment firm Crown Acquisitions took a 49.9 percent stake in the tower, which was valued at around $1 billion.[8]

Alessandra and Allegra Gucci, the daughters of Maurizio Gucci, own a penthouse in the building; in August 2015, they listed it for sale.[9]


  1. ^ Olympic Tower at Emporis
  2. ^ "Olympic Tower". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ Olympic Tower at Structurae
  4. ^ Alpern, Andrew. New York's Fabulous Luxury Apartments: with Original Floor Plans from the Dakota, River House, Olympic Tower, and Other Great Buildings. New York: Dover Publications, 1987. Print.
  5. ^ Alpern, Andrew. Apartments for the Affluent: a Historical Survey of Buildings in New York. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975. Print.
  6. ^ Goldberger, Paul (4 April 1983). "ARCHITECTURE: ATRIUM OF TRUMP TOWER IS A PLEASANT SURPRISE". New York Times. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "NEREJ - Seherr-Thoss of FirstService Williams negotiates 153,405 s/f lease; Assisted by Jaccom, Freedman, Plehn and Plakopita". nerej.com. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Crown Acquisitions Buys Stake in NYC's Olympic Tower Complex". Bloomberg. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Candace Taylor, Fashion’s Gucci Sisters List Manhattan Penthouse for $45 Million, The Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2015

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