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500 Park Avenue

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**Location and Surroundings:**
– 500 Park Avenue is at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and 59th Street in Midtown Manhattan.
– The building consists of two land lots with specific dimensions.
– Nearby landmarks include Fuller Building, Four Seasons Hotel New York, and 499 Park Avenue.

**Architecture and Design:**
– The original building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois.
– 500 Park Tower along 59th Street was designed by Ennead Architects.
– Specific details about the facade, base, and structure of the building are highlighted.

**History and Development:**
– The building’s history, including its original purpose as the Pepsi-Cola Company headquarters.
– Details about subsequent occupants like Olivetti S.p.A. and ABN AMRO Bank.
– Information on the development timeline, ownership changes, and significant events related to the building.

**Interior and Usage:**
– Details about the interior space, including square footage and specific features like the redesigned lobby.
– Information on how the space was utilized by different tenants over the years, such as offices and modular plans.

**Reception and Recognition:**
– Reception of the building by critics and architectural reviews.
– Awards and honors received by the building and its architects.
– Notable exhibitions, tenants, and architectural recognition associated with 500 Park Avenue.

500 Park Avenue (Wikipedia)

500 Park Avenue is an office and condominium building on the southwest corner of Park Avenue and 59th Street in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, composed of the 11-story Pepsi-Cola Building and the 40-story 500 Park Tower. The original Pepsi-Cola Building along Park Avenue was constructed from 1958 to 1960 and designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). The tower along 59th Street was constructed between 1981 and 1984 to designs by James Stewart Polshek & Partners.

500 Park Avenue
Alternative namesPepsi-Cola Building, Olivetti Building, ABN-Amro Bank Building
General information
Architectural styleInternational Style
LocationManhattan, New York
Coordinates40°45′47″N 73°58′14″W / 40.76306°N 73.97056°W / 40.76306; -73.97056
Construction started1958
OpenedFebruary 1, 1960
Cost$7.8 million (equivalent to $61,569,000 in 2023)
ClientPepsi-Cola Company
Height466 ft (142 m)
Technical details
Floor count40
Design and construction
Renovating team
DesignatedJune 20, 1995
Reference no.1920
Designated entityOriginal Pepsi-Cola Building

The old Pepsi-Cola Building was designed in the International Style with a curtain wall made of glass and aluminum. The second through tenth stories slightly overhang a plaza at ground level, while the eleventh floor contained a company penthouse. Inside, the original building's lobby was initially used as an exhibition space, while the upper stories contained offices. 500 Park Tower contains a facade made of thermal black granite, as well as glass and aluminum. Inside 500 Park Tower, the first eleven floors contain office space that extends into the original building, while the upper floors contain 56 residential condominiums.

The original structure was the headquarters of the Pepsi-Cola Company from its construction until 1967 and was initially owned by the John Hancock Mutual Insurance Company. It then served as the headquarters of Olivetti S.p.A. until 1978, when it was successively resold to Peter Kalikow, Securities Groups, and then the Equitable Life Assurance Society. The original building was occupied by the Amsterdam and Rotterdam Bank (later ABN AMRO) starting in 1982, and 500 Park Tower was concurrently developed to the west. In 1995, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Pepsi-Cola Building as a New York City landmark. Other companies such as The Walt Disney Company took space in the building during the 1990s and early 21st century.

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