The designation applies to the hotel's Ambassador Grill
restaurant, as well as its lobby reception area, entrance foyer
and hallway, which now stand as the most recently constructed
interior landmarks in the city.
The city's Landmarks Commission cited the first floor interiors
of the hotel and office complex at United Nations Plaza in
Manhattan as important examples of Late Modern and Post-Modern
"These unique spaces represent some of the best and most well
preserved interiors in the style and aesthetic of the 1970s and
80s," Meenakshi Srinivasan, the commission chair, said in a
The u-shaped, windowless Ambassador Grill with its mirrored
walls and a vaulted faux skylight was designed by the
architectural firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. It
was opened in 1976. The dining and bar area feature a glazed
ceiling vault that snakes through both areas.
The reception area, which was completed in 1983, is known for
its octagonal glass dome and a ramped hallway flanked by
The commission has designated 118 interior landmarks in New York
City. Other interior landmarks include the Theodore Roosevelt
Memorial Hall at the American Museum of Natural History, the
Belasco Theatre and the Chrysler Building.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by David Gregorio)
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