1211 Avenue of the Americas

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1211 Avenue of the Americas
1211 Avenue of the Americas.jpg
1211 Avenue of the Americas (view from the east) in Midtown Manhattan
Former names Celanese Building
News Corp. Building
General information
Status Complete
Type Offices and television studios (Fox News Channel)
Architectural style International style
Location 1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
United States
Coordinates 40°45′30″N 73°58′55″W / 40.758464°N 73.981806°W / 40.758464; -73.981806Coordinates: 40°45′30″N 73°58′55″W / 40.758464°N 73.981806°W / 40.758464; -73.981806
Completed 1973
Owner Beacon Capital Partners
Roof 592 ft (180.44 m)
Technical details
Floor count 45
Floor area 1,854,912 sq ft (170,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Wallace Harrison (Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris)
Developer Rockefeller Group Development Corporation
Main contractor Celanese Corporation and Rockefeller Center, Inc.

1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building) is an International style skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Formerly called the Celanese Building, it was completed in 1973 as part of the Rockefeller Center extension, that started in the late 1950s with the Time-Life Building. The Celanese Corporation would later move to Dallas, Texas. Currently, 1211 is owned by an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners, and leasing is managed by Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., of which the Rockefeller Group was once a major shareholder. The structure has a simple slab-like shape devoid of any decoration; its prosaic façade consisting of vertical alternating limestone and glass stripes. The façade stone piers are supernumerary; there are twice as many of them as structurally necessary. The glass bands are continuous and offer no indication of floor levels. These features ably create the visual lack of scale, so the tower does not look overly bulky.[3]


The building was part of the later Rockefeller Center expansion (1960s–1970s) dubbed the "XYZ Buildings".[3] Their plans were first drawn in 1963 by the Rockefeller family's architect, Wallace Harrison, of the architectural firm Harrison & Abramovitz.[4] Their letters correspond to their height. 1251 Avenue of the Americas is the "X" Building as it is the tallest at 750 ft (229 m) and 54 stories, and was the first completed, in 1971. The "Y" is 1221 Avenue of the Americas, which was the second tower completed (1973) and is the second in height (674 ft and 51 stories). The "Z" Building, the shortest and the youngest, is 1211 Avenue of the Americas with 45 stories (592 ft).[5]

The structure is LEED certified (silver level designation) by USGBC.[6]

Notable tenants

The building serves as the global headquarters for Australian-born businessman Rupert Murdoch's media companies, Fox Corporation and News Corp. It served as the world headquarters for the original News Corporation before its 2013 split into 21st Century Fox and (new) News Corp. The building is well known for housing the main studios of the Fox News Channel, part of Fox's Fox News Group. News Corp divisions housed there include Dow Jones & Company, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. Other companies with office there include Annaly Capital Management.

Fox News Studios at street level

See also


  1. ^ 1211 Avenue of the Americas at Emporis
  2. ^ 1211 Avenue of the Americas at Structurae
  3. ^ a b Nash, Eric (1999). Manhattan Skyscrapers. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 127. ISBN 9781568981819. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ Krinsky, Carol H. (1978). Rockefeller Center. Oxford University Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-19-502404-3.
  5. ^ "XYZ Buildings Exxon Building McGraw-Hill Building Celanese Building". Manhattan Skyscrapers. New York, NY: Princeton Archit.Press. pp. 127–130. doi:10.1007/1-56898-652-1_57. ISBN 978-1-56898-545-9.
  6. ^ "1211 Avenue of the Americas". 42 floors. Retrieved 27 December 2018.

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