717 Fifth Avenue: Cleve Gray

717 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY

717 Fifth Avenue is a prestigious address in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan, at the cross street of East 56th Street. Known as The Corning Glass Building/Steuben Glass Building, 717 Fifth was designed by Harrison & Abramovitz, who also designed Lincoln Center and the United Nations Dag Hammarskj√∂ld Library Building. A highly innovative approach for its time, 717 was the first glass curtain wall skyscraper on Fifth Avenue. In 1959, a gold-leaf mural by Bauhaus artist Josef Albers, Two Structural Constellations, was engraved in the lobby of the building. Between 1993 and 1994, the firm Gwathmey Siegel Architects renovated…