Demolition Begins on Lobby of Philip Johnson's AT&T Building

Demolition Begins on Lobby of Philip Johnson's AT&T Building

While the exterior of Philip Johnson’s iconic AT&T awaits its fate in an upcoming New York City landmarks designation hearing, demolition of its granite-clad interior lobby has already begun.

Citing the fact that the lobby had already been altered in the 1990s – including the removal of the “Golden Boy” statue – when the building switched tenants from AT&T to the Sony Corporation, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided last month that the interiors were not deserving of landmark status.

Interior landmark designations are awarded much less frequently than exterior designation in New York. The city currently contains 1,405 individual landmarks, but just 120 interiors.

“In our evaluation the lobby does not hold the same level of broad significance,” explained LPC Director of Research Kate Lemos McHale in a letter from the LPC to preservation advocate Thomas Collins. “[With] the removal of ‘Golden Boy‘ as a focal point, alterations within the lobby itself, and its diminished relationship to the overall design of the base, we have determined that it does not rise to the level of an interior landmark.”

Learn more about the battle between developer and preservationists, here and find our earlier coverage of the plans below.

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Snøhetta to Transform 550 Madison, Philip Johnson's Iconic Postmodern New York Skyscraper

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "Demolition Begins on Lobby of Philip Johnson's AT&T Building" 16 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

Demolition is now underway on the lobby interiors. Image © DBOX


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