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510 Fifth Avenue, which you may know as the Manufacturers Trust Company Building or by the nickname Manny Hanny, had two important datelines this month. On October 4th the building’s inclusion on the World Monuments Fund’s 2012 Watch List was announced and on October 11th the NY State Appellate Court denied the City and Vornado Realty Trust’s motion to dismiss the Article 78 suit working its way through the NY Supreme Court.

More on the latter:
(At the end of this post there is a timeline of events related to 510 Fifth Avenue to help you keep tabs.) When the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the interior of 510 Fifth Avenue this past February thirteen speakers testified in favor of designation for the bank’s first and second floors.... MORE

Manufacturers Trust 510 Fifth, Location: New York NY, Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill

Demolition of I.M. Pei’s 1969 Terminal 6 at JFK, also known as the “Sundrome,” is well under way. There’s been a flurry of news pieces in recent weeks covering this latest blow to Modernism. Perhaps the best coverage is by the longtime NY Times photojournalist David Dunlap, who through the camera lens captures the expiring breaths of this Modern temple of aviation. In his article he wryly notes the paradox of this loss with the debut of ABC’s new show “Pan Am” which celebrates the early jet age.... MORE

Terminal 6 in its early days. Photo by George Cserna. Courtesy of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Students from the New Canaan High School, in collaboration with the Philip Johnson Glass House, have produced a wide-ranging series of oral history films featuring individuals connected to the Glass House, which can now be viewed via the Glass House’s website. Interviewees include Pamela Gores, wife of architect Landis Gore, a member of the Harvard Five; Port Johnson, a builder and engineer who worked with Johnson beginning in 1968; photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, official photographer to Frank Lloyd Wright; and the Danish-born furniture designer and long-time New Canaan resident Jens Risom, who’s 95 years old.... MORE

Jens Risom, designer who produced 15 of the first 20 pieces the Hans Knoll Furniture Company launched in 1942.