8. Pershing Square Building, 125 Park Ave.
The Pershing Square Building (along with the Bowery Savings Bank) replaced the Grand Union Hotel, which the Public Services Commission acquired in order to link portions of the IRT line running below Park Avenue. It was built on top of “exceptionally strong” foundations so that the site could be sold for development following its construction. It is currently owned by SL Green, which purchased the building in 2010. Designed in the Romanesque Revival style with multi-hued brick and terra cotta, it provides directly links to Grand Central Terminal and includes several subway entrances.
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