1960s Lower Manhattan Tower Set To Receive Historic Designation

<p>New York City's 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1961, is likely to receive historic landmark status by The Landmarks Preservation Commission.</p>
March 20, 2008, 12pm PDT | Mike Lydon
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"The news may be that 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza - the towering silvery monolith that forever changed the Lower Manhattan skyline nearly a half century ago - has not been made a landmark already.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission now intends to make an official landmark out of the aluminum-and-glass-skinned tower, which was completed in 1961 as the bank's headquarters and is still 70 percent occupied by JPMorgan Chase & Company.

'One Chase Manhattan Plaza is among New York City's most important mid-20th-century skyscrapers,' the commission said in a statement released on Tuesday, when it voted unanimously to consider the designation, making it all but a foregone conclusion."

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Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 in The New York Times
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