Lever House

I try not to use the words “I,” “me” or “my” on this site; after all, who cares what I think? But I will suspend the rule this one time for Lever House, my favorite building in all of New York.

lever house

Designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Lever House was completed in 1952. The green-blue glass of the curtain wall set it apart from every building in town.


What I like about the building so much is its scale. At 307 feet it is tall enough to impress but not tall enough to impose. The way it sits on its base also makes it different than the usual slab of building.


Lever House is just a spectacular building that helped set the standard for skyscrapers for decades.