The W. R. Grace Building is another example of “love it or hate it” architecture. Like near-twin Solow Building (9 W 57th Street) also designed by Gordon Bunshaft, the Grace Building’s swooping facades break up the “street walls” in front and back. If only the building were on a block by itself…
In a sense this is Bunshaft’s revenge: This is the rejected facade treatment that Bunshaft had first proposed for the Solow Building!
Grace Building Vital Statistics
- Location: 1114 Avenue of the Americas (block-through W 42nd – W 43rd Streets)
- Year completed: 1974
- Architect: Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
- Floors: 50
- Style: Postmodern