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hey followers, i’ve decided to make thursday to historic architectural building thursday. so from now on, i post amazing architecture every thursday from the past - tagged with classics.
Exxon Building on Sixth Avenue, Harrison and Abramovitz, New York, N.Y., 1974
The Exxon Building, more widely known by its address, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, was part of the later Rockefeller Center expansion (1960s-1970s) dubbed the “XYZ Buildings” on Sixth Avenue (also known as Avenue of the Americas) in Manhattan. Their plans were first drawn in 1963 by The Rockefeller family’s architect, Wallace Harrison of the architectural firm, Harrison and Abramovitz.
Their letters correspond to their height. 1251 is the “X” Building as it is the tallest at 750 ft (229 m) and 54 stories, but was the second one completed (1971). The “Y” is the McGraw-Hill Building, at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, which was the first completed (1969) and is the second in height (674 ft - 51 stories). The “Z” Building, the shortest and the youngest, is the Celanese Building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas with 45 stories (592 ft).