Historic Preservation / Interior Preservation / Landmark Preservation Committee / New York City

Manufacturers Hanover Trust – 510 Fifth Avenue

Interior of Fifth Ave. Bank Building Is Named a Landmark By Andy Newman. Article Here.

In February of this year the Landmarks Preservations Committee gave landmark status to the midcentury modern interior of 510 Fifth Avenue, Manufacturers Hanover Trust building designed by Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill LLP in 1954— the squat, transparent former Manufacturers Trust Bank Building with the gleaming circular vault door in the lobby.

Although the five story building is made completely of glass and aluminum, materials that for many other buildings make landmark-ship nearly impossible, this building was able to rise above and will be preserved as modern example of a   modernist building (in fact, the 11th modernist building to be declared a landmark since 2003). What makes this interesting is that not only had the exterior of the building been designated a landmark in 1997, but this year it was granted interior landmark designation as well – prevented it’s current owner, Vornado Realty Trust (purchased from J.P.Morgan) from altering it’s interior any further.

Seven foot vault door

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