Facts & Figures

Location

601 West 26th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues, a few blocks from where the RMS Titanic was supposed to arrive, at the nearby Chelsea Piers.

Completed

1931. The same year as the following events:

  • The movie Frankenstein was made
  • The year James Dean, William Shatner and James Earl Jones were born
  • Dali painted “The Persistence of Memory”
  • Dick Tracy, a comic strip detective character, created by cartoonist Chester Gould, made its debut appearance in the Detroit Mirror Newspaper
  • Whitney Museum of American Art opened in NY

Architect

Cory & Cory, Purdy & Henderson and Yasuo Matsui, who also designed the Japanese Pavilion at the 1939 NY World’s Fair.

Building Size

2.3 million square feet. 3.5 times the size of MoMA and larger than the Empire State Building (2.1 million square feet).

Ceiling Height

13 feet. It is rumored that a giraffe was once photographed inside the building.

Windows

8 miles of ribbon windows (originally 110,000 panes of glass). Longer than the West Side Highway (5.29 miles) and the perimeter of Central Park (6 miles).

Views

Expansive views of Manhattan. From the George Washington Bridge to the Statue of Liberty.

Tenants

More than 5,000 people work in the building every day. Futurist architect, engineer and inventor Buckminster Fuller was once a tenant at Starrett-Lehigh.

Drive-In Building

Trucks can be driven in from street level to any floor of the building. This inspired the marketing slogan “Every floor a first floor,” when the building opened.

Pet Friendly

More than 100 dogs are welcomed into the building every day.