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Lever House

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Location
390 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States
40° 45' 34.4772" N, 73° 58' 20.5572" W
Identity of Building / Site
Primary classification: Commercial (COM)
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History of Building/Site
Original Brief:
Dates: Commission / Completion:Completion 1952(e)
Architectural and other Designer(s): Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, architect
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Evaluation
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General Assessment:
The construction of the 24-story glass and stainless steel Lever House established the suitability of the International Style for office building design. The building is especially dramatic in its setting since the vertical slab is set perpendicular to Park Avenue and appears to float above the one story base and open plaza.
Documentation
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Authoring
Recorder/Date: DOCOMOMO US Register committee, July 1999
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