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Adams Mark Hotel (Zeckendorf Plaza)

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Zeckendorf Plaza
1958–1960, I. M. Pei and Partners. 350 16th St. (Court Pl. between 15th and 16th sts.)

Winner of a 1959 National AIA Honor Award, this two-block complex for developer William Zeckendorf includes a twenty-two-story hotel, a department store, and a three-level underground parking garage. The hotel, a narrow slab building, has a skin of ruddy exposed precast aggregate panels, pierced on east and west sides by grid windows. Sand and gravel for the aggregate came from the excavation itself. The four-story department store next door, connected to the hotel by both a sky bridge and an underground corridor, is a cube 266 feet on a side with an anodized aluminum grid curtain facade. A hyperbolic paraboloid pavilion with glass curtain walls fronts the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall. In 1996 the paraboloid was demolished and the department store partially gutted to expand the hotel.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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