Spring Mills Building in Midtown Granted Landmark Status
April 1, 2010
On March 13 the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to designate the Spring Mills Building, adding its distinctive chamfered tower to the city’s growing list of Modern buildings under landmark protection. Constructed between 1961 and 1963 on an irregular L-shaped lot near Bryant Park, the Springs Mills Building was designed by the firm Harrison & Abramowitz working with architect Charles Abbe. The tower–an elongated hexagon in plan–is faced with deep green, heat-absorbing Solex glass, a material used previously at the United Nations, Lever House and Abbe’s Corning Glass Building. The all-glass curtain wall has alternating bands of opaque and transparent glass configured in a series of panels delineated by dark grey and silver aluminum mullions. But as Matt Chabin of the Architect’s Newspaper blog aptly puts it, the designation has as much to do with the Spring Mills Building’s historical significance as its architectural pedigree. The Midtown headquarters of the Spring Mills Company, a textile manufacturer, is a marker of the 1960s relocation of the Garment District from its former home in TriBeCa. Read the full designation report on the Commission’s website.