9 West 57th Street

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9 West 57Th Street, one of most controversial New York Skyscrapers, is famous for its sleekest curtain wall façade. It is also nicknamed Bellbottom because of its bottom sloping like ski jump. It is an office building.

The building was developed by Sheldon Solow according to the design of Bunshaft, architect of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. It was erected in 1974. The north and south facades of the tower project slightly from the building's edges with the very fine detailing of the window gaskets. The building has 50 floors and it is 210 metres (689 feet) tall. Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment are placed at the building's fourth level and from the outside it appears as two office floors. 60,000-square foot retail basement has its own escalator access in the middle of both the facades on 57th and 58th Streets.

The sidewalks on the 57th Street are covered with the same travertine marble as was used on the facades and in the lobbies. There is a very large, bright red metal sculpture of the number "9" in front of the building on this side of 9 West 57th Street. On the 58th Street the building faces the south side of the Plaza Hotel. This side of 9 West 57th Street has a much larger plaza, decorated with black, glorious, large Picasso sculpture of a mythic bull. During the Christmas holidays the travertine-clad lobbies are decorated with gilded garlands and the exterior gutters have hanging "candy-cane"-like wreaths hanging from them and the sidewalk trees are festooned with lights.

Solow preleased the building first to Monsanto Chemical and then to Avon Products. Nowadays there are two companies occupying the building. The headquarters of women’s cosmetics maker, Avon, remained one of them. The second headquarter housed in 9 West 57th Street is the one of Kilberg, Kravits Roberts & Co.
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