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The New York skyline is one familiar to us all, but away from the tourist landmarks some of the best architectural discoveries can be found by walking the streets and simply looking up. For those who love 20th century architecture there’s a towering treat around every corner. Here are five of my favourite finds:
National Maritime Union Headquarters, 36 Seventh Avenue (built 1963)
The National Maritime Union Headquarters, named after its founder and president Joseph Curran, was built by New Orleans architect Albert C. Ledner in 1963 – its white scalloped façade, rooftop ‘smokestack’ elevator and glass brick base designed to represent a sea voyage in the heart of the city.
In 1973 the building was bought by Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center, located across the street, and renamed the Edward and Theresa O’Toole Medical Services Building. Greenwich Villagers nearly lost the Modernist marvel in 2008 when the Landmarks Preservation Commission granted St. Vincent’s application to replace the building with a hospital tower, but the hospital closed in 2010 before work could begin.
Fortunately for fans of the Midcentury ‘Marmite’ building, Ledner’s Seventh Avenue ship has since been anchored and restored by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for use as an emergency room and medical centre.