Fred F. French Building

1918-1929ManhattanOffice

551 Fifth Avenue, NY, United States

ARCHITECTS
Sloan & Robertson, H. Douglas Ives

BUILT 1927

RESTORED BY Li/Saltzman Architects

RESTORED 2002

INTERIOR DESIGNATED 1986

DESIGNATED AREAS
First floor interior consisting of:
● Fifth Avenue entrance corridor
● Elevator lobby
● East 45th Street inner vestibule
● East 45th Street entrance vestibule
Fixtures and interior components of these spaces, including but not limited to, wall surfaces, ceiling surfaces, floor surfaces, doors, revolving doors, transoms, friezes, murals, chandeliers, light fixtures, vent grilles, mailbox and mail chute, and directory boards

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Excerpt from Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report:

“The Commission further finds that, among its important qualities, the Fred F. French Building was constructed as corporate headquarters for its namesake founder, one of New York’s foremost real-estate developers in the early decades of the twentieth century whose work had a lasting impact on New York’s residential and commercial development; the Fred F. French Building, a collaborative design by H. Douglas Ives, the French Company’s skilled head architect, and Sloan & Robertson, a firm responsible for some of the most distinguished Art Deco skyscrapers in New York, was an important and intentionally conspicuous example of corporate imagery; that the design represents the stylistic compromise between lingering historicism and the modernistic trends which typified the architecture of the late 1920s; that its interior continues the architectural historicism of the building’s exterior, and is exceptional for the eclectic blend of Near Eastern, Egyptian, ancient Greek and proto-Art Deco influences; and that the lavish marble walls and floors, polychromatic vaults and gilt-bronze wall fixtures of the public areas of the first floor interior render the French Building among the finest commercial palaces of the late 1920s.”