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Landmark the Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and One UN Plaza Hotel Lobby

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We the undersigned respectfully ask the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to support our request to designate the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby as a New York City Interior Landmark

Designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect Kevin Roche, the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby spaces are among the City’s most intact and significant publicly accessible Late-Modern spaces. Roche’s dazzling use of mirror, inset lighting fixtures, rich color palette, beehive-like octagon glass atriums, prismatic lobby ceiling, geometric chamfered colonnades, and a brilliant trompe l’oeil faux-skylight offer some of the most “rich, suave, and beautiful” spaces in New York City. Often lost against taste cycles, interior spaces and their design elements are among the most ephemeral and short-lived of architectural design components. That the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby interiors are virtually unchanged at this time is as remarkable as the spaces themselves. These interior spaces are clearly historically significant for New York City and deserve designation as a New York City Interior Landmark.

As was stated in an announcement by Docomomo US on January 18, 2016, Millennium Hotel and Resorts have begun exploratory work in the restaurant area without obtaining a permit from the Department of Buildings. While we appreciate the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s efforts to thoroughly review and consider the Interior Landmark request for evaluation, time is of the essence as these intact public spaces are imminently threatened with permanent demolition.

Considering the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby meet all New York City Landmark criteria and are largely intact by a still-living Pritzker Prize winning architect and retain its original use, we implore you to designate the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill and Lounge, and Hotel Lobby as a New York City Interior Landmark.

We urge you not to delay the Interior Designation hearing of the UN Plaza Ambassador Grill to avoid permanent damage or complete loss of these significant, landmark-quality spaces that are considered by many to be Roche’s most important interiors and among the best public spaces (modern or any style) in New York City. Based on the high level of significance and intact nature of these public spaces, we respectfully request the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate these spaces as a New York City Interior Landmark



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