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The office tower at 140 Broadway, designed by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM, is being placed on the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission's calendar. Completed in 1967 for the New York office of Marine Midland Bank, the building is noted for its minimalist curtain wall of matte-finished black anodized aluminum, which rises 51 stories without setbacks. Its location facing Zuccotti Park across Broadway and its generous setbacks from the street heighten the drama of its trapezoidal geometry. ... MORE

140 Broadway (Gordon Bunshaft/SOM, 1967) with Isamu Noguchi sculpture, "Cube." photo: Jan Martin

John Johansen, a leader of the Modern Movement known for boldly sculptural architecture, died last month near his home of recent years in Wellfleet, MA, at the age of 96. He was known, even in his 90s, for the remarkable physical fitness he maintained. Born in Manhattan, the son of a well-known painter, Johansen attended Harvard, where he was a hurdler on the track team and captain of the soccer team. He went on to study architecture there under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, and was one of the "Harvard Five" group of their students who settled in New Canaan, CT, in the late 1940s.... MORE