Citigroup Center

601 Lexington Avenue, Google Maps
Architect: Stubbins Associates, Emery Roth & Sons
Height: 915 ft (279 m), 59 floors
Construction started in 1974 and ended in 1977

“One of the most successful urban schemes in New York in the 1970s, ‘Citicorp’ brought new life to a downtown Manhattan city block that had been largely filled by a popular but far too big Lutheran Church. It created an exciting new internal plaza for people with shops, restaurants and performance spaces on a number of levels at the base of a rather uninteresting square-format, smooth-faced office tower, chopped off at 45 degrees at the top, ostensibly to facilitate solar collection devices. On the second storey, the old church has found a spacious comfortable new home devoting its services to God and jazz.”

—Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p346.

“Here’s a towering office building that stands out not only because of its diagonal roofline—slanted as if for a solar collector but not bearing one—but also because of the popular appeal of The Market, its 7-story atrium entered at street level and designed for leisurely shopping, eating, and browsing. Built on the site of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Citicorp shares its space with that congregation’s new quarters also designed by Stubbins.”

—from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p135.

Pictures of Citigroup Center

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The view on the Citigroup Center from Lexington Avenue.

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Citicorp Center on the East Side of Manhattan, and the factory building at 45th Avenue in Queens.

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Citicorp Center on the East Side of Manhattan with dilapidated building on Roosevelt Island in front. 23 February 2002.

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Citicorp Center on the East Side of Manhattan with dilapidated building on Roosevelt Island in front. 18 November 2000.

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The view on the Citcorp Center building from the East River.

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The view on the Citcorp Center building from Central Park.

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The view on the Citcorp Center building from Lexington Avenue.