One Grand Central Place

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One Grand Central Place
One Grand Central Place in 2016 jeh.jpg
Looking south from viaduct surrounding the Grand Central Terminal
Former namesLincoln Building
General information
Architectural styleNeo-Gothic
Location60 East 42nd Street 10165
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Coordinates40°45′08″N 73°58′44″W / 40.7522°N 73.9788°W / 40.7522; -73.9788Coordinates: 40°45′08″N 73°58′44″W / 40.7522°N 73.9788°W / 40.7522; -73.9788
OwnerEmpire State Realty Trust One Grand Central Place
Roof673 feet (205 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count55
Floor area1,252,063 sq ft (116,320 m2)
Lifts/elevators27 passenger, 2 freight
Design and construction
ArchitectKenneth Norton of J.E.R. Carpenter

One Grand Central Place, originally the Lincoln Building,[2] is a 53-story, 673-foot (205 m) office building at 60 East 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It is bounded by Madison Avenue to the west, 41st Street to the south, 42nd Street to the north, and Park Avenue to the east. One Grand Central Place is adjacent to other skyscrapers such as the Chrysler Building, MetLife Building, and One Vanderbilt, and it also has a direct in-building access to Grand Central Terminal to the north.

Description and history[edit]

Designed in neo-Gothic style by architect Kenneth Norton of James Edwin Ruthven Carpenter Jr., the skyscraper was completed in 1930 as the Lincoln Building.[3] Among the building's features are the Gothic windows at the top. In June 2009, the Lincoln Building's name was changed to One Grand Central Place, and it underwent a $85 million renovation, which included new windows, renovated elevators, renovated air-conditioned public corridors and restrooms, and upgraded building-wide systems.[2][4]

In March 2020, One Grand Central Place was at the center of New York's first reported person-to-person spread of SARS-CoV-2 during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.[5]

Abraham Lincoln sculpture[edit]

In 1956, Lawrence Wien purchased Daniel Chester French's 3′ bronze model of Abraham Lincoln—a cast of one of the sketches used to create the statue for the Lincoln Memorial—from his daughter, Margaret French Cresson, for $3,000.[6] The sculpture was put on display in the visitor's center, located in the lobby, in the same year.[6] When the building was renamed One Grand Central Place in 2009, the model was removed and loaned to Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.[6] It was put back on display on April 15, 2015.[6]


  1. ^ "One Grand Central Place". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Sam (February 12, 2010). "Lincoln Loses a Tower, but He Still Has the Tunnel". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "One Grand Central Place". Empire State Realty Trust. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "60 East 42nd Street Repositined as One Grand Central Place". Northeast Real Estate Business. REBusinessOnline. June 18, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  5. ^ Millman, Jennifer (March 3, 2020). "Midtown Lawyer Positive for Coronavirus Is NY's 1st Case of Person-to-Person Spread". WNBC-4 New York. Archived from the original on March 4, 2020. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d "Seated Lincoln History". Empire State Realty Trust. New York City. Retrieved May 11, 2020.

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