Live View of the 5th Ave Entrance to Trump Tower in NYC
ABOUT TRUMP TOWER
Trump Tower is a 58-story mixed-use skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Trump Tower serves as the headquarters for The Trump Organization and houses the primary penthouse condominium residence of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
Designed by Der Scutt of Poor, Swanke, Hayden & Connell and developed by Trump and the Equitable Life Assurance Company (renamed the AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company in 2004), the building broke ground in 1979, with the atrium, apartments, offices, and stores opening on a staggered schedule from February to November 1983.
Designed by Der Scutt, the Trump Tower was constructed on the site of the former Bonwit Teller flagship store, an architecturally renowned building that was built in 1929. The building was bought by Trump in 1979, with the intention of building the city’s “first super-luxury high-rise”. The Trump Organization demolished the store at Fifth Avenue and 56th Street and erected the Trump Tower there. HRH Construction was the contractor on the building. Barbara Res, who had worked on some of Trump’s other projects and then worked as a consultant for Trump until 1996, was the construction executive; at the time, Res was one of the only women who had been assigned to oversee a major New York City construction site.
The building is located in a special zoning district that spans Fifth Avenue between 38th and 58th Streets. Ordinarily, a building of that height could not have been built on the small site. However, the building was approved partially because it was mixed-use, with retail, office, and residential units. The Trump Organization also constructed a through-block arcade, connecting to IBM’s 590 Madison Avenue tower to the east, and purchased the air rights from the Tiffany’s flagship store next door for $5 million. The tower’s five-story atrium, which was designed as a “public space” under the city codes at the time, enabled the Trump Organization to build a taller tower, though the plans also stipulated that a landscaped terrace be built. At the time, the building was the only skyscraper on Fifth Avenue with its own retail space.
As originally planned, the tower would have 60 stories consisting of 13 office floors, 40 condominium floors, and 2 floors for mechanical uses, but this was later amended. However, in the final plan, there were 26 office floors on the building’s base, then another 39 condominium floors containing 270 condominiums on levels 30–68. Originally, it was estimated that it would take $100 million to construct the tower. When the tower eventually opened, it had 58 stories, with the top story marked as “68” because the large public atrium occupies the height of 10 stories.