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Percy and Harold D. Uris papers, 1901-2003

Series 8. Uris Buildings Corporation, 1953-1989, undated

About 2,500 items (3.5 linear feet)

The series contains limited information about the publicly held corporation and its real estate holdings. Included are the corporate records, financial records, correspondence, and other papers regarding the formation and operations of the firm. There are also records for the individual buildings constructed and owned by the Uris Buildings Corporation. These records consist primarily of leases, publicity materials, photographs, tenant correspondence, and financial reports.

Arrangement is arranged by type

According to the corporate records, Uris Buildings Corporation was organized on March 7, 1960 for the purpose of acquiring from Percy Uris, Harold D. Uris, and their associates all the outstanding capital stock of nine corporations. These corporations either owned completed office buildings, were constructing office buildings, or owned land upon which office buildings were being built. The Uris brothers retained private ownership of the corporations operating four buildings: 380 Madison Avenue, 300 Park Avenue, 485 Lexington Avenue, and 750 Third Avenue. The certificate of incorporation of Uris Brothers Corporation was filed March 7, 1960 at the Department of State of the State of New York and the firm's by-laws were adopted on March 11, 1960. Quoting an annual report, Architectural Forum noted that the corporation's main objective was the "creation of equities by the construction of efficient and desirable buildings in prime locations" [Architectural Forum 7/1962]. Uris Buildings Corporation continued to grow throughout the 1960s and by the end of the decade was a prominent, public owned investment builder. In 1973, Harold Uris sold the family's interest to National Kinney Corporation. As a result of the subsequent declining real estate market, the package of eight Uris properties was sold to Olympia & York Developments, Ltd. in 1977.

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Subseries 8.1. Administrative Files, 1960-1973, undated, About 1,000 items (1.375 linear feet)

Consists of corporate records, financial records, documents related to the company's stock, and other papers regarding the formation and operations of the firm. The corporate records contain the by-laws, stock offering, prospectus, legal agreements, papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other documents regarding the corporation's organization. Financial records include a budget, performance reports, and the closing transactions for the sale of the business to National Kinney Corporation. In the stock related materials, there is correspondence with stock exchanges, brokers, financial institutions, and stockholders about the company's initial offering and subsequent stock performance. There are also interoffice memos, broker's reports, and records of stock sales, purchases, and options. In addition, the subseries contains a publicity brochure, schedule of leases for the company's commercial buildings, and information about the World Trade Center.

Arrangement is alphabetical, then chronological



Box 225 Folder 1 Agreement Among Underwriters, 1960 Apr



Box 225 Folder 2 Annual Report, 1973 Feb 01



Box 225 Folder 3 Budget 1972 to 1973, 1972 Oct 01-1973 Aug 30



Box 225 Folder 4 By-Laws, 1960-1966



Box 225 Folder 5 Closing Transactions: National Kinney Corp., 1973 Sep 26



Box 225 Folder 6 Consolidated Statement of Projected Income and Cash Flow and Supporting Schedules, 1960 Jan 31



Box 225 Folder 7 Contract of Sale between Uris Buildings Corporation and Uris 380 Madison, 1966 May-1966 Aug



Box 225 Folder 8-10 Corporate File, 1956-1979



Box 225 Folder 11 Empire Trust Company, 1957-1972



Box 225 Folder 12 Financial Reports, 1971-1973



Box 225 Folder 13-14 Form S-1, 1960-1965



Box 225 Folder 15 Indenture, 1960 Feb 01



Box 225 Folder 16 Insurance, 1964-1972



Box 225 Folder 17 Inter-office Memos Re: Audits and Stock Options, 1963-1973



Box 225 Folder 18 Leasing Commissions, 1969



Box 225 Folder 19 Organization of Corporation and Sale of 200,000 Units Consisting of (1) $20,000,000 Principal Amount 6-1/2% Sinking Fund Debentures Due May 1, 1975 with Attached Warrants to Purchase 800,000 Shares Common Stock and (2) 400,000 Shares Common Stock, 1960



Box 225 Folder 20 Prospectus, 1973 Feb-1973 Jun



Box 225 Folder 21 Publicity, undated



Box 225 Folder 22 Quarterly Financial Reports, 1972-1973



Box 225 Folder 23 Schedule of Leases at Various Uris Buildings Corporation Subsidiaries, 1972, undated



Box 225 Folder 24 Stock: Acquired Under Option, 1961-1970



Box 225 Folder 25 Stock: American Stock Exchange, 1960-1963



Box 225 Folder 26 Stock: Annual Reports, 1961-1971



Box 225 Folder 27-28 Stock: Brokers Reports, 1964-1973



Box 225 Folder 29 Stock: Miscellaneous, 1962-1969



Box 225 Folder 30-32 Stock: New York Stock Exchange, 1960-1969



Box 226 Folder 1 Stock: Over the Counter, First Time Quoted Thursday, August 18, 1960, 1960 Aug 18



Box 226 Folder 2-4 Stockholders, 1960-1974



Box 226 Folder 5-8 Stockholders: Correspondence, 1970-1973



Box 226 Folder 9-12 World Trade Center, 1962-1973



Box 226 Folder 13 World Trade Center: Legal Opinion, 1973 Feb-1973 Apr


Subseries 8.2. Individual Building Records, 1953-1989, undated, About 1,500 items (2.125 linear feet)

Comprised of the leases, publicity, photographs, tenant files, and financial reports for buildings owned by the Uris Buildings Corporation. The leases indicate the tenants and other information about the numerous properties. In addition to the tenant information in the leases, there is correspondence concerning Three Penn Center Plaza, management fees, and with Shell Oil Company about their office space at 1301 Avenue of the Americas. Most of the publicity materials consist of brochures about the properties and photographs depicting the architects' renderings of the building's design, phases of construction, and completed structures. The financial reports represent the estimated construction costs and estimate income and expenses for the corporation's buildings. Also included are reports of operations for the Hilton Hotels in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Arrangement is alphabetical



Box 226 Folder 14 2 Broadway: Disbursement Vouchers, 1962 Jun 28



Box 226 Folder 15 2 Broadway: Escalations, 1959-1972



Box 226 Folder 16 2 Broadway: Lease: American Electric Power Company Inc., 1959 Jul 29



Box 226 Folder 17 2 Broadway: Lease: City Bank Farmers Trust Company, 1957 Aug 26



Box 226 Folder 18 2 Broadway: Lease: Dean Witter & Co., 1958



Box 226 Folder 19 2 Broadway: Lease: Dean Witter & Co.: Tenant Exhibits, 1958



Box 226 Folder 20 2 Broadway: Lease: First National City Bank of New York, 1957 Aug 23



Box 226 Folder 21 2 Broadway: Lease: Goodbody & Co., 1959 Mar 24



Box 226 Folder 22 2 Broadway: Lease: Middle South Utilities, Inc.: Basement Space, 1959 Apr 23



Box 226 Folder 23 2 Broadway: Lease: Middle South Utilities, Inc.: Office Space, 1958



Box 226 Folder 24 2 Broadway: Lease: Middle South Utilities, Inc.: Office Space: Exhibits, 1958



Box 226 Folder 25 2 Broadway: Lease: Thomson & McKinnon, 1958



Box 226 Folder 26 2 Broadway: Photographs, undated

Contains one black and white photograph.



Box 226 Folder 27 2 Broadway: Unit Prices, 1957-1958



Box 226 Folder 28 10 East 53rd Street: Estimated Construction Costs, 1969-1971



Box 226 Folder 29 10 East 53rd Street: Estimated Income and Expense, 1971 Nov



Box 226 Folder 30 10 East 53rd Street: Publicity, undated



Box 226 Folder 31 55 Water Street: Escalations, 1969



Box 226 Folder 32 55 Water Street: Lease: Chemical Bank, 1969 Oct 21



Box 226 Folder 33 55 Water Street: Publicity, 1968-1973

Contains one black and white photograph.

Separated to Box 278: Folder 5 two mounted 10" x 13 3/4" black and white photographs.



Box 226 Folder 34 60 Broad Street: Lease: Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 1963 Jan 22



Box 226 Folder 35 60 Broad Street: Lease: New York Telephone Company, 1960 Dec 13



Box 226 Folder 36 60 Broad Street: Lease: RCA Communications, Inc., 1963 Jan 02



Box 226 Folder 37 60 Broad Street: Publicity, undated

Contains two black and white photographs.



Box 226 Folder 38 111 Wall Street: Ground Lease: Uris Wall Street Corporation, Tenant from Trustees of Columbia University, Landlord, 1966 Jun 01



Box 226 Folder 39 111 Wall Street: Publicity, 1966-1968



Box 226 Folder 40 111 Wall Street: Sublease: Uris 111 Wall Corporation, Tenant from First National City Bank, Landlord, 1966 Jun 11



Box 226 Folder 41 245 Park Avenue: Escalations, 1961-1977



Box 226 Folder 42 245 Park Avenue: Lease: Irving Trust Company, 1964 May 21



Box 226 Folder 43 245 Park Avenue: Publicity, 1964-1965



Box 226 Folder 44 320 Park Avenue: Escalations, 1966



Box 227 Folder 1-6 320 Park Avenue: Financial Statements, 1965-1966



Box 227 Folder 7 320 Park Avenue: Lease: Dominick & Dominick, 1959 Dec 31



Box 227 Folder 8 320 Park Avenue: Lease: Electric Bond and Share Company, 1959 Jul 31



Box 227 Folder 9 320 Park Avenue: Lease: International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, 1959 Sep 25



Box 227 Folder 10 320 Park Avenue: Lease: Scudder, Stevens, & Clark, 1959 Nov 05



Box 227 Folder 11 320 Park Avenue: Management Fees, 1973



Box 227 Folder 12 320 Park Avenue: Photographs: Renderings, undated



Box 227 Folder 13 320 Park Avenue: Vault, 1971 Jul 30



Box 227 Folder 14 350 Park Avenue: Escalations, 1972



Box 227 Folder 15 350 Park Avenue: Lease: Hanover Bank, 1958



Box 227 Folder 16 350 Park Avenue: Lease: Hanover Bank: Modification Agreement, 1959 Jul 21



Box 227 Folder 17 850 Third Avenue: Affidavit, 1989 Sep



Box 227 Folder 18 850 Third Avenue: Escalations, 1969



Box 227 Folder 19 850 Third Avenue: Photographs: Renderings, undated

Contains four black and white photographs.



Box 227 Folder 20 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Escalations, 1959-1973



Box 227 Folder 21 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Burlington Industries, Inc., 1961 Jan 17



Box 227 Folder 22 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Clairol Incorporated, 1962 Feb 01



Box 227 Folder 23 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Irving Trust Company, 1961 Aug 01



Box 227 Folder 24 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: James Talcott, Inc., 1962 Jul 19



Box 227 Folder 25 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: New York Telephone Company, 1961 Mar 23



Box 227 Folder 26 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: 91078 Corporation, 1959 Feb 25



Box 227 Folder 27 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: 91078 Corporation: Modification Agreement, 1960 Jul 12



Box 227 Folder 28 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Schenley Industries, Inc., 1961 Aug 29



Box 227 Folder 29 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Schenley Industries, Inc., 1963 Feb 21



Box 227 Folder 30 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Sperry Rand Corporation, 1961 Mar 01



Box 227 Folder 31 1290 Avenue of the Americas: License: Conco Service Corporation, 1973-1974



Box 227 Folder 32 1290 Avenue of the Americas: Publicity, 1960-1973



Box 227 Folder 33 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Escalations, 1964-1970



Box 227 Folder 34 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Estimated Construction Costs, 1966-1971



Box 227 Folder 35 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Genesco, Inc.: Portion of 33rd Floor, 1965-1969



Box 227 Folder 36 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: J.C. Penney Company, Inc., 1963 Aug 20



Box 228 Folder 1 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Shell Oil Company: 24th and 25th Floors, 1964-1970



Box 228 Folder 2 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Shell Oil Company: 24th and 25th Floors: Agreement, 1969



Box 228 Folder 3 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Lease: Shell Oil Company: Portion of 33rd Floor, 1965-1966



Box 228 Folder 4 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Photographs, 1964, undated

Contains three color photographs and five black and white photographs.

Separated to Box 278: Folder 6: one 11" x 14" mounted black and white photograph of architect's rendering, Elmer Plumb Studio.



Box 228 Folder 5 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Sample Lease, 1964



Box 228 Folder 6 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Shell Oil Company, 1964-1972



Box 228 Folder 7 1301 Avenue of the Americas: Sublease: Avoc Embassy Pictures Corp., Subtenant from Coordinated Communications, Prime Tenant, 1969-1970



Box 228 Folder 8 1633 Broadway: Escalations, 1968-1970



Box 228 Folder 9 1633 Broadway: Estimated Construction Costs, 1967-1971



Box 228 Folder 10 1633 Broadway: Estimated Income and Expense, 1971 Nov



Box 228 Folder 11 1633 Broadway: Management Fee, 1971 Jul 27



Box 228 Folder 12 1633 Broadway: Publicity, undated



Box 228 Folder 13 Blue Hill: Escalations, 1968



Box 228 Folder 14 Blue Hill: Estimated Construction Costs, 1967-1972



Box 228 Folder 15 Blue Hill: Publicity, 1967-1973

Contains one color photograph and one black and white photograph.



Box 228 Folder 16 Five Penn Center Plaza: Escalations, 1968



Box 228 Folder 17 Five Penn Center Plaza: Estimated Construction Costs, 1967-1970



Box 228 Folder 18 Five Penn Center Plaza: Publicity, 1968-1970

Contains eight black and white photographs.



Box 228 Folder 19 Hilton Hotel: New York City: Escalations, 1973



Box 228 Folder 20 Hilton Hotel: New York City: Lease: Rock-Hil-Uris, Inc., 1965 Mar 01



Box 228 Folder 21 Hilton Hotel: New York City: Photograph, 1961 Oct 16

Separated to Box 278 Folder 7: one 11" x 14 1/2" black and white photograph of hotel construction site.



Box 228 Folder 22 Hilton Hotel: New York City: Report of Operations, 1972 Sep 30



Box 228 Folder 23 Hilton Hotel: Pittsburgh: Construction Costs, 1960



Box 228 Folder 24 Hilton Hotel: Rye, N.Y.: Estimated Construction Costs, 1970-1972



Box 228 Folder 25 Hilton Hotel: Washington, D.C.: Publicity, undated

Separated to Box 278 Folder 8: one 10 1/4" x 13 1/2" black and white photograph of ribbon cutting at the hotel.



Box 228 Folder 26 Hilton Hotel: Washington, D.C.: Report of Operations, 1972 Dec



Box 228 Folder 27 Three Penn Center Plaza, 1953-1961



Box 228 Folder 28 Three Penn Center Plaza: Plans, 1954-1956

Separated to Roll UB_011: one diazo print of Grading Plan, Penn Center Garage, Penn Center Plaza, Between 15th and 16th Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Emery Roth & Sons, Drawing No. G102, Received 1956 May 3.



Box 228 Folder 29 Three Penn Center Plaza: Plaques, 1955 Nov



Box 228 Folder 30 Two Penn Center Plaza: Lease: Market Street Penn Center Offices, Inc., Lessee from Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Lessor, 1953 Jul 23



Box 228 Folder 31 Two Penn Center Plaza: Lease: The Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Lessee from Two Penn Center, Inc., Lessor, 1956 Oct 16



Box 228 Folder 32 Uris Philadelphia: Estimated Construction Costs, 1970-1971