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Constructed following a tough economic crisis, the Citigroup Center represented a return to strength. Its Postmodern design features reflective glass and coated aluminum cladding with diagonal braces, but the most notable aspect is the 45 degree sloped roof that has become so prominent in the Manhattan skyline. The building is set up on ten story columns to prevent a bulky base, which would have blocked the view of the sky from the pre-existing St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. By placing the building on a pedestal, the architect created a publicly accessible plaza that is popular with pedestrians, because it provides seating and planting areas.

Portions of the Citigroup Center were renovated in the late 1990s, including the retail atrium and lobby. Located atop a major subway station, tenants may directly access the E, M and 6 trains from within the building. Current office tenants include Citibank, Merrill Lynch and Toyota. Retail tenants include 24 Hour Fitness, Barnes & Noble and FedEx.

Address: 601 Lexington Avenue Class: A
Cross Streets: 53rd & 54th Streets Size: 1,300,000 SF
Year built: 1977 Architect: Hugh Stubbins & Associates, Emery Roth & Sons
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