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520 Madison Ave

Built in 1982 as one of the crown jewels of the Tishman Speyer real estate empire, 520 Madison Avenue epitomizes the idea of a tasteful and comfortable contemporary office building. The address of the building is somewhat misleading, as the actual entrances are located on 53rd Street and 54th Street Der Scutt, a well-known architect from the firm Swanke Hayden & Connell Architects infused the red granite building with many notable features. Similar to Scutt’s other major skyscraper...

Built in 1982 as one of the crown jewels of the Tishman Speyer real estate empire, 520 Madison Avenue epitomizes the idea of a tasteful and comfortable contemporary office building. The address of the building is somewhat misleading, as the actual entrances are located on 53rd Street and 54th Street Der Scutt, a well-known architect from the firm Swanke Hayden & Connell Architects infused the red granite building with many notable features. Similar to Scutt’s other major skyscraper project, Trump Tower, the architect played with the concept of slanting different parts of the building, creating a multi tiered rooftop that descends in steps. The architect also designed an elegant plaza with a serene waterfall outside of the ground level of the building. The plaza is an excellent place to enjoy lunch on a warm day. The building serves as a showcase for many pieces in the Tishman Speyer art collection. The company continually shifts into the building new pieces of art that they acquire. Typically the lobby of the building contains photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other interesting works of contemporary art. The outdoor plaza contains a fragment of the Berlin Wall. 520 Madison, while under construction, was the center of one of the most famous holdouts in New York City real estate history. An Irish American restaurant called Reidy’s refused to vacate the premises and sell their lease to Tishman Speyer. So, the developer decided to build the building around the 54th Street eatery.

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520 Madison Ave.
New York City, NY 10022
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masmith
September 20, 2010
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