UN Plaza Featured NY Times Advocacy Continues

Last week, Docomomo US' efforts to landmark Kevin Roche's UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Hotel Lobby made headlines in The New York Times calling for the protection of these high-significant yet undervalued spaces. The New York Times article calls out our Request for Evaluation (RFE) to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on January 8th and refers to the newly formed coalition of preservation organizations including the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation League of New York State, Historic Districts Council, Municipal Art Society in addition to independent preservationists.

Photo: Nicole Crane for The New York Times (February, 2016)

Update on Roche UN Plaza Ambassador Grill

It has been a busy few days since Docomomo US announced this past Monday the imminent demolition threats to Kevin Roche’s UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Hotel Lobby. Considered by many to be Roche’s most important interiors and among the best modern public spaces in New York City, we have received numerous letters and emails of support to designate the spaces as an Interior Landmark.

Kevin Roche’s UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lobby Closed, Pending Demolition

Docomomo US has recently learned Kevin Roche’s distinctive and beloved late-modern interiors for the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby are in the processing of being closed by its operators and now pending demolition. Located today in what is called ONE UN New York Hotel, the spaces are remarkably intact and highly acclaimed examples of New York City Late Modernism. In an effort to preserve these spaces, Docomomo US filed a Request for Evaluation (RFE) last week to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to designate the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby a New York City Interior Landmark.

The Legacy of Wright

By Emily Rinaldi

In 1933, Frank Lloyd Wright made his first of what would become an annual trip to Phoenix, Arizona, to wait out the winter in the warm desert climate. In the years that follow, Wright would leave his mark on the Phoenix landscape, successfully constructing a number of his designs, the most famous being Taliesin West, Wright’s winter home and architectural school. After Wright’s passing, Phoenix continued to celebrate the architect’s legacy, posthumously constructing the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium in 1962, erecting the Scottsdale Spire in 2007, as well as renaming a portion of the city’s main east-west arterial road, “Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.”


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