If you passed by Cartier recently, you might have noticed that it’s now disguised as a giant present box. It’s a festive addition to the building’s already beautiful exterior. The red sparkling bow, decked out in holiday lights, is a spectator favorite. “I was absolutely stopped in my tracks by the beauty of this simple decoration,” noted one passerby.
The history of the Cartier building itself is also quite interesting: in 1905, Architect C.P.H Gilbert built this American Renaissance mansion at the corner of 52nd Street and 5th Avenue for Morgan Freeman Plant, son of the railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant. The original front entrance of the home was on 52nd Street, and next door were the mansions of George W. Vanderbilt, son of William Henry Vanderbilt.