1211 Avenue of the Americas
1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building) is an International style skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Formerly called the Celanese Building, it was completed in 1973 as part of the Rockefeller Center extension, that started in the late 1950s with the Time-Life Building. The Celanese Corporation would later move to Dallas, Texas. Currently, 1211 is owned by an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners, and leasing is managed by Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., of which the Rockefeller Group was once a major shareholder. The structure has a simple slab-like shape devoid of any decoration; its prosaic façade consisting of vertical alternating limestone and glass stripes. The façade stone piers are supernumerary; there are twice as many of them as structurally necessary. The glass bands are continuous and offer no indication of floor levels. These features ably create the visual lack of scale, so the tower does not look overly bulky.
|1211 Avenue of the Americas|
1211 Avenue of the Americas (view from the east) in Midtown Manhattan
|Type||Offices and television studios (Fox News Channel)|
|Architectural style||International style|
|Owner||Beacon Capital Partners|
|Roof||592 ft (180.44 m)|
|Floor area||1,854,912 sq ft (170,000 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Wallace Harrison (Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris)|
|Developer||Rockefeller Group Development Corporation|
|Main contractor||Celanese Corporation and Rockefeller Center, Inc.|
The building was part of the later Rockefeller Center expansion (1960s–1970s) dubbed the "XYZ Buildings". Their plans were first drawn in 1963 by the Rockefeller family's architect, Wallace Harrison, of the architectural firm Harrison & Abramovitz. Their letters correspond to their height. 1251 Avenue of the Americas is the "X" Building as it is the tallest at 750 ft (229 m) and 54 stories, and was the first completed, in 1971. The "Y" is 1221 Avenue of the Americas, which was the second tower completed (1973) and is the second in height (674 ft and 51 stories). The "Z" Building, the shortest and the youngest, is 1211 Avenue of the Americas with 45 stories (592 ft).
The building served as the global headquarters for the original News Corporation, founded by Australian-born businessman Rupert Murdoch in 1980. It continues to serve as the headquarters for subsequent spin-offs 21st Century Fox (2013–2019), Fox Corporation (2019–present) and the present-day News Corp (2013–present). The building is well-known for housing the main Fox News studios, part of the Fox News Group which is currently owned by Fox Corp. Well-known News Corp divisions housed within the building include Dow Jones & Company, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post.
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