Salmon Tower Building

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Salmon Tower Building
West 42nd Street - Bryant Park (buildings).jpg
From left to right: HBO headquarters, W. R. Grace Building, Aeolian Building (houses the State University of New York College of Optometry), Salmon Tower Building and 500 Fifth Avenue (annotated image on Commons).
General information
Location11 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York
Coordinates40°45′15″N 73°58′55″W / 40.75416°N 73.98194°W / 40.75416; -73.98194
OwnerTishman Speyer, Silverstein Properties
Roof370 feet (110 m)
Technical details
Floor count31
Floor area932,101 square feet (86,595.0 m2)[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectYork & Sawyer
DeveloperWalter J. Salmon Sr.

The Salmon Tower Building is a 31-story[2] edifice located at 11 West 42nd Street[3] in Manhattan which was designed by Albert J. Wilcox.[4] It was completed by early 1928 at which time its interior was more than 50% leased.[5] Salmon Tower Building was located just east of the Aeolian Building. The firm of Walter J. Salmon, Sr. which erected the edifice, was known as 11 West 42nd Street, Inc.[6] It is next door to 500 Fifth Avenue, also built by Salmon, Sr.

History of establishment[edit]

The New York headquarters to elect Herbert Hoover President of the United States in 1928 were located in the Salmon Tower Building.[7]

In September 1941 there was a strike of elevator operators in the building, so that only four of its eighteen elevators were operating on the morning of September 25.[3] In October 1952 a fire in the structure's subbasement caused five firemen to be overcome from smoke inhalation.[8]

Salmon Tower Building was sold by the estate of Charles Frederick Hoffman in June 1964, following an ownership of over sixty years. At the time its assessed value amounted to $5,250,000. It was situated on a plot of land which was 34,309 square feet.[2] It is currently owned by Tishman Speyer & Silverstein Properties. In 1980 Tishman Speyer & Silverstein Properties collaborated on a $25 Million renovation.[9]



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  2. ^ a b Half of the Land is Sold under Salmon Tower, New York Times, June 1, 1964, pg. 45.
  3. ^ a b Building Owners Reject Mediation, New York Times, September 26, 1941, pg. 15.
  4. ^ Building That Fell Called Defective, New York Times, March 11, 1937, pg. 48.
  5. ^ Rental Conditions In Central Zone, New York Times, January 29, 1928, pg. 153.
  6. ^ Salmon Tower Wall Not A Spite Fence, New York Times, August 20, 1930, pg. 149.
  7. ^ 50 State Delegates Claimed For Hoover, New York Times, May 25, 1928, pg. 3.
  8. ^ Five Firemen Overcome, New York Times, October 18, 1952, pg. 36.
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  10. ^ Gemstar On The Move
  11. ^ "Visit Us". NYU School of Professional Studies. New York University. Retrieved 31 October 2016.

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Coordinates: 40°45′15″N 73°58′55″W / 40.75416°N 73.98194°W / 40.75416; -73.98194