July 22, 2016 Mid-Century Modern
Modern Snapshot: The Four Seasons
It is only fitting that one of the most iconic modernist buildings in the world was home to one of the word’s most iconic restaurant spaces as well. Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building housed The Four Seasons, which was designed by Philip Johnson. After 57 years, the restaurant shut down last weekend because the owner of the building wanted to create a new restaurant in the storied and landmarked New York power spot. While the owners will set up a new Four Seasons just a bit south on Park Avenue in a an Isay Weinfeld-designed space, the the Pool Room and Grill Room at the Seagram Building will become a new restaurant. If you want to own a piece of the original Four Seasons, Chicago-based auction house Wright will be auctioning everything from Mies-designed Barcelona chairs to sauce pots designed by Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable to the signs by Emil Antonucci.
The Ladies’ bathroom shot by my wife.
The Mens’ room.
The stairs going up from the lobby to the dining level.
The bronze sculpture by Richard Lippold above the famous bar in the Grill Room.
The transition from the Grill Room to the Pool Room.
The famous metal chain curtains will remain in place. The Philip Johnson-designed banquets will be sold in the auction.
Appropriate art by Robert Indiana.
The building itself. Spanish starchitect Rafael Vinoly sums it up best: “If you stand in front of that building and look up, it’s like God has touched it.”