Sponsored by bank President David Rockefeller and board members of Chase
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.