200 Madison Avenue has a split personality. Its ornate neo-classical facade shelters a technically modernized interior. While the richly decorated lobby and elevator doors remain, the office tower has LEED energy certification.
If the ornamentation reminds you of the Helmsley Building (aka New York Central Building), that may be because Warren & Wetmore designed both. (Warren & Wetmore also designed Grand Central Terminal.) You’ll have to look up to enjoy the effect. The building’s ornamentation is primarily in the cornices, at the setbacks and crown.
Of historical note, this is where the Empire State Building developers had their offices during construction of New York’s most famous skyscraper.
200 Madison Avenue Vital Statistics
- Location: 200 Madison Avenue between E 35 and E 36 Streets
- Year completed: 1926
- Architect: Warren & Wetmore
- Floors: 25
- Style: neo-classical
200 Madison Avenue Recommended Reading
- Best Manhattan Offices listing
- The Midtown Book blog
- Emporis database
- “Icons of American Architecture” (Google Books) reference