75 Rockefeller Plaza

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75 Rockefeller Plaza
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75 Rockefeller Plaza
Former names Time Warner Building, Esso Building
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Address 15 West 51st Street
Town or city New York City
Country United States
Construction started July 1946
Completed September 1947
Height 424 ft (129 m)
Technical details
Material Steel
Floor count 33
Floor area 578,237 sq ft (53,720.0 m2)
Lifts/elevators 14 (12 passenger, 2 service)
Design and construction
Architect Carson & Lundin; Wallace K. Harrison
Developer The Rockefeller Group
Buildings of Rockefeller Center

Buildings and structures in Rockefeller Center:
1 Rockefeller Plaza
10 Rockefeller Plaza
British Empire Building
La Maison Francaise
30 Rockefeller Plaza
International Building
50 Rockefeller Plaza
1230 Avenue of the Americas
Radio City Music Hall
1270 Avenue of the Americas
75 Rockefeller Plaza
600 Fifth Avenue
1271 Avenue of the Americas
1251 Avenue of the Americas
1221 Avenue of the Americas
1211 Avenue of the Americas

75 Rockefeller Plaza is a skyscraper in New York City, originally built as a northern extension to Rockefeller Center.


Esso Building

In July 1944, the Rockefellers began planning for a new 16-story tower to house the Standard Oil Company (Esso), who had outgrown their lease at the nearby 30 Rockefeller Plaza.[2] The structure was completed in 1947 in early Modernist style. It was originally known as the Esso Building. At completion, the building was the tallest completely air-conditioned building in New York City, and the first one in Rockefeller Center. The building also housed Schrafft's Restaurant which had a capacity of 1,283 people, making it the largest restaurant in the world at the time.[2] Standard Oil's successor, Exxon, moved to the newly built 1251 Avenue of the Americas in 1971.

Warner Communications Building

In 1973, the heating, ventilation and air‐conditioning systems in the building were replaced, along with some upgrades to the electrical systems. These renovations led Warner Communications to lease all 570,000 square feet (53,000 m2) of Exxon's former space, which led to the building becoming known as the Warner Communications Building.[3] Warner initially occupied only 340,000 square feet (32,000 m2) of space and subleased the rest to tenants including the Financial Times, Thomson-CSF, PBS, and The Economist.[4]

In December 1996, a fire in the TGI Fridays at the base of the building led to a minor explosion in a top-floor equipment room, causing the building to be evacuated.[5]


The building is owned by Mohamed Al Fayed[6] and managed and leased by RXR Realty.[7]


  1. ^ "Time Warner Building". Skyscraper Center. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Landmark Designation
  3. ^ Horsley, Carter (April 8, 1973). "Two Buildings Get A Major Overhaul At Rockefeller Center". New York Times.
  4. ^ "News of the Realty Trade". New York Times. April 7, 1974.
  5. ^ Stout, David (December 6, 1996). "Fire Empties Rockefeller Center Restaurant". New York Times.
  6. ^ "75 Rockefeller Plaza - Time Warner Lease - Mohamed Al-Fayed". The Real Deal New York. 25 January 2012.
  7. ^ David M Levitt (15 January 2013). "RXR Said to Buy 99-Year Leasehold at 75 Rockefeller Plaza". Bloomberg.com.

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 40°45′36″N 73°58′40″W / 40.7599°N 73.9778°W / 40.7599; -73.9778

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