Sponsored by bank President David Rockefeller and board members of Chase Manhattan Bank, this high-rise was the first major building in the financial district to be built in the International Style. It illustrates how modern architecture was absorbed by corporate America, in this case a bank that was attempting to revive Wall Street as a financial district at mid-century.

In keeping with the new taste for prismatic buildings, the architects avoided the need for setbacks by placing this giant glass and aluminum box on a large public plaza. Few elements are provided to render this huge open space inviting to visitors.



Chase Manhattan Plaza
One Chase Manhattan Plaza, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (1960)