The Real Deal New York

City designates two new landmarks

July 27, 2010 05:30PM

From left: the Middleton Burrill House and the Look Building (source: PropertyShark)

A Modernist Madison Avenue office tower and a Murray Hill mansion are the city’s newest official landmarks, DNAinfo reported. The Landmarks Preservation Commission gave historical designations to the Middleton Burrill House, at 36 East 38th Street, and the Look Building, at 488 Madison Avenue, at a public hearing today. The Look Building, a curved, multi-tiered, white-brick 21-story office tower was designed by Emery Roth & Sons and is named after the now-defunct Look Magazine. The building has also been home to Esquire Magazine and music publisher Witmark & Sons, where Bob Dylan recorded a series of demos in the early 1960s. The Look is one of a handful of buildings in the modernist style that have recently received status. In contrast, the ornate, Beaux Arts mansion on East 38th Street, built in 1862, features large, rusticated limestone arched openings, balustrades and a sweeping staircase flanked by iron banisters. The building was converted into apartments in 1946. The city now has more than 27,000 landmarked buildings across the five boroughs. [DNAinfo]


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