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Office Building for Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation : proposal / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1956

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 14335728 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Title Office Building for Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation : proposal / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1956
Physical Description 1 item
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Description

Content Description

A 1956 proposal drafted by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the Union Carbide Building, a historically significant, mid-twentieth century office tower located at 270 Park Avenue, just north of Grand Central Station. The proposal consists of reproductions of plan and elevation drawings and photographs of the Union Carbide model, together with outline specifications, cost estimates, and construction and drawing schedules.

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Related Materials

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill photographs, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Gordon Bunshaft architectural drawings and papers, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Theodore Conrad papers, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Subject Headings

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Architecture -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bunshaft, Gordon, 1909-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commercial buildings -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
De Blois, Natalie, 1921-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Office buildings -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Union Carbide Corporation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Union Carbide Corporation building (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1936, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) pioneered modern architecture – in form, materials, and construction processes – in the United States, ultimately becoming one of the largest and most prolific international firms in history. They specialize in high-end commercial architecture. Designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois, the Union Carbide Building was one of SOM's early iconic commercial office towers. Next to Lever House, also on Park Avenue and also designed by Bunshaft and de Blois, the Union Carbide is one of SOM's most historically significant buildings in New York.