One Chase Manhattan Plaza, one of the signature buildings of Lower Manhattan’s skyline, is slated to become a landmark. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has a hearing on the building scheduled for Tuesday. Landmark status, which restricts changes to the building and site, would ultimately require approval from the mayoral-controlled LPC.
The Skidmore Owings & Merrill-designed tower rises 60 stories, and was completed for Chase Manhattan bank in 1961. At 2.2 million square feet, it was one of the first modernist, International Style skyscrapers to rise in the Financial District, contrasting with the distinctly older-style architecture of towers such as the Woolworth Building, the American International Building, and 40 Wall Street.