8. 345 Park Avenue – 1969

345 Park Avenue, designed by Emery Roth and Sons

Richard Roth Jr. told the New York Post in 1988 that he turned down a Samuel Rudin project that would require the demolition of the Villard Houses. When the Rudin Organization approached Emery Roth and Sons again, with a proposition to design a tower at 345 Park Avenue, he took the job. “I was very cognizant of building between two great architectural masterpieces – the Seagram building and St. Bart’s,” he told the paper.

Roth goes on to explain that he designed 345 Park with a low-story building on its north side that pays deference to the Seagram’s plaza, and 345 Park’s plaza opens up to St. Bart’s on the south side. The building houses Rudin Management’s headquarters and is one of many that Emery Roth and Sons designed for the company, including 80 Pine Street, 94 Fifth Avenue, 215 East 68th Street, and 136 East 55th Street.