60 Wall Street (formerly the J.P. Morgan Bank Building or Deutsche Bank Building) was completed in 1989 by Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates. This postmodern office tower design is bold in form and daring in its execution, borrowing many elements from classical architecture. The building boasts an atrium that is perhaps one of the most unique spaces in all of New York City. As described by Benjamin Kellogg in an article earlier this year, "the style of this interior alludes to Mughal design: it’s a winter garden with flowering octagonal columns supporting mirrored ceilings framed with white trelliswork, inducing a reflective kaleidoscopic effect that Roche has been known to utilize." The atrium is a "POPS," a privately-owned public space, and also has a subway entrance inside it. Read a full description of the POPS on the Municipal Art Society website.
Update: March 6, 2023
Advocates for the designation of 60 Wall Street will meet in the POPS space at 60 Wall Street at 11AM to urge the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate 60 Wall Street as an individual and interior landmark. This comes on the heels of the January 2023 vote by the Commission to allow the developer to make only modest changes to the exterior essentially preserving the iconic colonnade and the essential nature of the building. The LPC previously noted "the building and interior POPS merit further study within the context of Postmodern commercial architecture and interiors."
Read the coalition letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
If you would like to add your name to the letter, email us at email@example.com. You may also email Sarah Carroll, Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission here.
Initial signories of the letter include:
Historic Districts Council
Manhattan Community Board 1
New York City Council Member Christopher Marte (District 1)
New York State Assemblymember Grace Lee (District 65)
New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh (District 27)
Human Scale NYC
Municipal Art Society
New York Landmarks Conservancy
Preservation League of New York State
The Paul Rudolph Institute for Modern Architecture
Adam Nathaniel Furman
Rock Herzog (Cocaine Decor)
Robert A.M. Stern
Other individuals (calling on immediate designation):
Kyle Johnson, AIANY tour guide
Brian D. Goldstein, Assoc. Prof. Arch. History Swarthmore
Linda Scinto, Archivist, KRJDA
Kathy L. Heard
Carol Herselle Krinsky, Architectural Historian NYU, President Society of Architectural Historians
Ward Miller, Executive Director of Preservation Chicago
Tim Hayduk, Lead Design Educator, Center for Architecture NY
Fernando Diniz Moreira, Chair Docomomo Brazil, Professor of Architecture
Warren James, Warren A. James Architecture and Planning
Update: February 7, 2023
The developers of 60 Wall Street were back at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday, January 31st with a third proposal for façade alterations. In a surprising turn of events, the proposal no longer sought to destroy the iconic Postmodern chamfered colonnade and instead recognized that the current design is the only one that keeps the harmonious relationship with 55 Wall across the street. The proposal however included modifications to the recessed inner wall. The Commissioners said this area does not stand out and the overall effect is a variation on the original design that could be landmark-worthy.
Docomomo US and our colleagues at Historic Districts Council, Council Member Christopher Marte and Community Board 1 Manhattan provided written feedback on the changes that were passed by the Commission unanimously. With the essential character of the building’s exterior saved, our coalition feels strongly that the LPC must move forward on the designation of 60 Wall Street. The façade presentation drawings clearly show the interior privately owned public space (POPS) gutted. The approved facade proposal to open up and bring more light and transparency into the public space will only strengthen the visual relationship of the interior to the exterior design and we insist the interior be protected in a similar fashion to the exterior.
In the coming days, the coalition will release a letter and public campaign to designate 60 Wall Street as a New York City landmark and interior landmark.
Update: September 20, 2022
Today, in an exciting win for preservationists, a majority of commissioners of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) rejected a revised proposal for changes to the exterior base of the Kevin Roche-designed 60 Wall Street. We are pleased with the findings by the LPC that the proposal was not harmonious, that the current building is more harmonious, and that the process to review the exterior and interior needs to be completed. There is enough research, based on the Ambassador Grill & Lobby (also by Roche Dinkeloo) and the Philip Johnson-designed AT&T Building, to support exterior and interior landmark designation for 60 Wall. The building retains a high level of integrity and the design and materials are of exceptional quality.
Our efforts for this project are far from over. The decision today does not protect the building in any way and the commission did not agree to calendar either an exterior or interior landmarking request.
Recent news coverage:
"A Win for Activists Fighting to Save 'Wonderful and Weird' Wall St. Atrium," Tribeca Trib, September 27, 2022.
"60 Wall Street’s Lobby Is Weird and Ridiculous and Deserves to Be Saved," Curbed, September 19, 2022.
"The Fight to Save New York’s Extravagantly ’80s Subway Entrance," The New York Times, July 29, 2022.
"An Iconic Postmodern New York Lobby Is Slated for Destruction—Can It Be Saved?" Cultured, January 12, 2022.
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