Chase Manhattan Bank (New York, NY) : View of the lower south elevation

Creator:
Bunshaft, Gordon, 1909-1990
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1939-
Published/Created:
New York, New York, United States
1961
Date Depicted:
10/1/1995
1950 AD - 2010 AD
Materials:
aluminum
glass
steel
Notes:
...when seen from a distance, the bank looks bulky among the slender towers of pre-Depression skyscrapers. Its surface can also appear obtrusive because the earlier building surfaces of brick and stone absorb light while Chase's aluminum and glass reflect it. Seen from ground level, especially from its principal plaza, the building is a commanding presence. Chase's tall rectangle is asymmetrical in plan, with the elevator and service core shifted off center to allow a 45-foot-wide clerical pool on the south and individual offices and a corridor 29 feet wide on the north. These broad spaces are uninterrupted by columns, adding to the cost but producing about 6 percent more continuous space for desks. The building is an enormous steel-framed rectangle, 813 feet high, containing about 1.8 million square feet above ground level, with another 600,000 square feet below grade for a truck entrance, mechanical equipment rooms, vaults, a branch bank, and a caféteria. On the facade are anodized aluminum panels, mullions, and column cladding. Aluminum was chosen because it was cheaper than stainless steel, and the manufacturer offered a long performance guarantee. The columns, nearly 3 x 5 feet in size, stand 29 feet apart on the long axis and project from the long façades of the building; on the short sides, floors are cantilevered beyond the columns.
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
International Style
Modern
Modernist
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
1A1-SOM-CM-A4
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
office buildings (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; business, commerce and trade; contemporary (1960 to present) construction buildings; commercial buildings; financial institutions; banks (buildings); buildings; multistory buildings; high-rise buildings; skyscrapers; buildings; o
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Base Collection
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
10/1/1995
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10092467
PID:
digcoll:1823254