2 Park Avenue Building

2 Park Avenue Building
  1. About the 2 Park Avenue Building in New York
    1. Building Catalogations
  2. Architect and team
  3. Architectureal style
  4. Spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials

The 2 Park Avenue Building is an Art-deco skyscraper designed by Buchanan & Kahn Architects and built between 1926 and 1928 in New York, NY.

Its precise street address is 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY. You can also find it on the map here.

The 2 Park Avenue Building is a structure of significant importance both for the city of New York and the United States as a nation. The building embodies the distinctive characteristic features of the time in which it was built and the Art Deco style. Because of that, the 2 Park Avenue Building was officially declared as a national landmark on April 18th 2006.

Building's timeline

Construction begins
Construction completed
Declared NL
years ago

Architect and team

Buchanan & Kahn Architects was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design.

Buchanan & Kahn Architects was in charge of the architectural design, however, architecture is a complex discipline, which usually involves many professionals from different fields, without whom this building would have not been possible. We will surely be leaving out a lot of names here, but here is a list of the people we do know also played their part in making the 2 Park Avenue Building a reality:

  • Shroder & Koppel as the Main Contractor
  • Abe N. Adelson as the Main Developer
  • Léon-Victor Solon as the collaborating Artist

Architectural Style

The 2 Park Avenue Building can be categorized as an Art-deco building.

The Art Deco movement flourished during the 1920s and 1930s, with many historians marking the outbreak of World War II as its final decline. Even though a couple of decades might not seem as much, the Art Deco movement had a great impact on architecture, and it's widely represented in many American cities due to the development boom that happened during that time.

Art Deco marked the abandonment of traditional historicism and the embracement of modern living and the age of the machine. In architecture, that meant leaving behind the ornaments of Beux-Arts and Neo-Gothic buildings and instead favoring simplicity and visual impact through geometric shapes, clean lines, and symmetrical designs. Ornaments were still an important part of the design, but they became bold and lavish, and were often inspired by ancient cultures or industrial imagery, instead of nature.

The 2 Park Avenue Building was completed in 1928, right when the Art Deco movement was at its peak, so it kind of went with the trend at that time.

Spaces & Uses

The 2 Park Avenue Building reaches an architectural height of 361ft (110m). It has a total of 28 floors, served by 26 elevators, which combined offer a total of 999,999 sqf (92,903m2) of usable space.

Ever since opening its doors to the public in 1928, the 2 Park Avenue Building has mainly been used as Commercial space.

361ft (110m)

Materials & Structure

The 2 Park Avenue Building uses a frame structure made of steel columns and concrete slabs.

A frame structure uses a combination of beams and columns to sustain the building's weight. The walls in this case are non-load bearing, which allows for more flexibility when distributing the interior spaces.

The facade is non-load bearing either, as it is common in frame structure type buildings.

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features a tan stone cladding on the frist three floors, with bricks covering the rest of the facade. At some points bricks are combined with some ornamented terracotta panels, such as on the 16th floor.


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