Open main menu

The W. R. Grace Building is a skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City. The building was designed principally by Gordon Bunshaft, and completed in 1974.[1] The building was commissioned by the W.R. Grace Company, and was also used by the Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

W. R. Grace Building
W. R. Grace Building, New York, NY 10018, USA - Jan 2013.jpg
Curved vertical facade fronting on 42nd Street
General information
TypeCommercial offices
LocationSixth Avenue & 42nd Street
New York City, New York
CoordinatesCoordinates: 40°45′17″N 73°58′57″W / 40.75472°N 73.98250°W / 40.75472; -73.98250
Construction started1971
OwnerBrookfield Office Properties
Roof192 m (630 ft)
Technical details
Floor count50
Floor area1,478,531 sq ft (137,360.0 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectGordon Bunshaft
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The building is located at 1114 Sixth Avenue, but the main entrance is on 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th. It overlooks Bryant Park and the New York Public Library's main branch. The building size has approximately 1,518,000 rentable square feet, and sits on a site approximately 100 x 442 feet (67,875 square feet).

The Grace Building is located on the former site of Stern's flagship department store and headquarters. Tenants include Bain & Company[2] The two star 'Michelin restaurant Gabriel Kreuther is located in it's lobby as well as a sister chocolate store.



From left to right: HBO headquarters, W. R. Grace Building, Aeolian Building (houses the State University of New York College of Optometry), Salmon Tower Building and 500 Fifth Avenue

One of the notable aesthetic attributes of the building is the concave vertical slope of its north and south facades, on 42nd and 43rd Street. This is similar to another of Bunshaft's creations, the Solow Building, which is no coincidence, as he had used the initial, rejected façade design for that building in his design for the Grace Building.[1] The exterior of the building is covered in white travertine, which forms a contrast against the black windows and makes the building appear brighter than those surrounding it.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "W. R. Grace Building". Emporis. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  2. ^ Bain New York City

External linksEdit