Trump Tower (New York City)

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Trump Tower
Trump tower.jpg
Trump Tower viewed from Fifth Avenue
General information
Status Complete
Type retail, office, and residential
Location 725 Fifth Avenue
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°45′45″N 73°58′27″W / 40.76250°N 73.97417°W / 40.76250; -73.97417Coordinates: 40°45′45″N 73°58′27″W / 40.76250°N 73.97417°W / 40.76250; -73.97417
Construction started 1979
Completed 1983
Opening November 30, 1983
Owner Donald Trump
Roof 202 m (663 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 68
Design and construction
Architect Der Scutt
Developer Donald Trump
Structural engineer Irwin Cantor

Trump Tower is a 68-story mixed-use skyscraper located at 725 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of East 56th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Developed by Donald Trump and the Equitable Life Assurance Company (renamed the AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company in 2004), it is now owned by Donald Trump, and was designed by Der Scutt of Swanke, Hayden Connell. The ground floor stores in the tower were opened for business on November 30, 1983. The grand opening of the Atrium and stores was held on February 14, 1983, with the apartments and offices following shortly thereafter. HRH Construction was the contractor on the building and the Construction Executive was Barbara Res.[1]


The atrium of the building

The Trump Tower is the 57th tallest building in New York City. The tower is a reinforced concrete, shear-wall core structure and was the tallest structure of this type in New York City when completed. A concrete hat-truss at the top of the building ties exterior columns with the concrete core. This increases the effective dimensions of the core to that of the building in order to resist the overturning of lateral forces (wind, minor earthquakes, and impacts perpendicular to the building’s height). A similar structure was used for Trump World Tower.

Ordinarily a building of that height could not have been built on the small site. By mixing uses (retail, office, and residential), constructing a through-block arcade (connecting to the IBM building to the east), and using the air rights from Tiffany’s flagship store next door, and including the atrium (designed as a “public space” under the city codes at the time), Trump was able to assemble a bonus package that enabled a taller tower.

The building’s public spaces are clad in Breccia Pernice, a pink white-veined marble. Mirrors and brass are used throughout. This includes the office lobby, off Fifth Avenue, and the five-level atrium which has a waterfall, shops, cafés, and a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the waterfall’s pool. The atrium is crowned with a skylight. In 2006, Forbes Magazine valued the tower at $318 million. Trump Tower was the setting of the NBC television show The Apprentice including the famous boardroom where at least one person was fired at the end of each episode (actually a television studio inside Trump Tower).

Present and past tenants[edit]

Trump Tower seen from the entrance
Christmas tree in the lobby, December 2014

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rubin, Sy, and Jonathan Mandell. Trump Tower. Secaucus, N.J.: L. Stuart, 1984
  2. ^ a b Amanda Julius (22 July 2010). "In Deed! Art Dealer Expands in Trump Tower; Vanity Fair Articles Editor Buys in Chelsea". The New York Observer. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Cindy Boren (27 May 2015). "Ex-FIFA official had $6,000-a-month Trump Tower apartment for unruly cats". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  • Rubni, Sy (October 1984). Trump Tower (1st ed.). Lyle Stuart. 
  • Gardener, Ralf Jr (May 8, 2003). "For Tower Residents, a New Math". The New York Times. 
  • Horsley, Carter B. "The City Book: Trump Tower". 
Further reading
  • Dirk Stichweh: New York Skyscrapers. Prestel Publishing, Munich 2009, ISBN 3-7913-4054-9
  • Barbara A. Res PE Esq. "All Alone on the 68th Floor: How one Woman Changed the Face of Construction" Createspace Publishing, New Jersey, July 2013

External links[edit]

Media related to Trump Tower (Manhattan) at Wikimedia Commons