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 m (630 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
W.R. Grace Building. 42nd St. entrance, as seen from Bryant Park.

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


The building was designed principally by Gordon Bunshaft, and completed in 1974.[1] The building was commissioned by the W.R. Grace Company, and was also used by the Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

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 has approximately 1,518,000 rentable square feet, and sits on a site approximately 100 x 442 feet (67,875 square feet).


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.[1] 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 flagship department store and headquarters.


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