July 1, 2011 Preservation

Mid-Century Manhattan: Manufacturers Trust Interior Gutted

Manufacturers Trust Building

The interior of the landmarked Manufacturers Honover Trust building has been gutted.

So much for preserving the1954 Manufacturers Hanover Trust Building on 5th Avenue by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Curbed New York reported this week on the gutting of the interior of the landmark modernist building by Gordon Bunshaft. Despite the fact that the the interior of the buildingĀ  was landmarked, Joe Fresh, the Canadian shmata retailer, was given permission to “renovate” the interior. I snapped the above picture a couple of weeks ago and wondered why the interior was ripped apart. I thought it was protected. Sadly not.