Salmon Tower Building

The Salmon Tower Building is a 31-story skyscraper[5] located at 11 West 42nd Street[6] in Manhattan, New York City, near Bryant Park. It was designed by Albert J. Wilcox[7] and finished in 1928. The firm of Walter J. Salmon Sr. which erected the building, was known as 11 West 42nd Street, Inc.[8] Directly to the west of the Salmon Tower Building is the former Aeolian Building, and to its east is 500 Fifth Avenue, also built by Salmon Sr.

Salmon Tower Building
General information
Location11 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York
Coordinates40.75416°N 73.98194°W / 40.75416; -73.98194
OwnerTishman Speyer, Silverstein Properties
Roof370 feet (110 m)
Technical details
Floor count31
Floor area932,101 square feet (86,595.0 m2)[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectYork & Sawyer
DeveloperWalter J. Salmon Sr.


The Salmon Tower Building was completed by early 1928 at which time its interior was more than 50% leased.[9] The New York City headquarters to elect Herbert Hoover President of the United States in 1928 were located in the Salmon Tower Building.[10]

In September 1941 there was a strike of elevator operators in the building, so that only four of its eighteen elevators were operating on the morning of September 25.[6] In October 1952 a fire in the structure's subbasement caused five firemen to be overcome from smoke inhalation.[11]

Salmon Tower Building was sold by the estate of Charles Frederick Hoffman in June 1964, following an ownership of over sixty years. At the time its assessed value amounted to $5.25 million. It was situated on a plot of land which was 34,309 square feet.[5] It is currently owned by Tishman Speyer & Silverstein Properties. In 1980 Tishman Speyer & Silverstein Properties collaborated on a $25 million renovation.[12]



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  2. "11 West 42nd Street". The Skyscraper Center. Archived from the original on July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
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  5. "Half of the Land is Sold Under Salmon Tower". The New York Times. June 1, 1964. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  6. "BUILDING OWNERS REJECT MEDIATION; Turn Down an Offer of State Board to Settle Walkout of Service Workers". The New York Times. September 26, 1941. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  7. "BUILDING THAT FELL CALLED 'DEFECTIVE'; Designer of Salmon Tower at Trial Criticizes Plans for Bronx Structure". The New York Times. March 11, 1937. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  8. "SALMON TOWER WALL NOT A 'SPITE FENCE'; Injunction and Damage Suit of Aeolian Building Owners IS Dismissed. CASE. CALLED NOVEL ONE Findings of Justice Bijur Hold Wall an improvement in Lighting the Court. Wall 250 Feet High. Court Devision Explained". The New York Times. April 20, 1930. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  9. "RENTAL CONDITIONS IN CENTRAL ZONE; Space in New Buildings Satisfactorily Absorbed Duringthe Past Year.BRIGHT OUTLOOK FOR 1928Construction Will Be Less ThisSeason, but Big SupplyPromised in 1929". The New York Times. January 29, 1928. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  10. "50 STATE DELEGATES CLAIMED FOR HOOVER; Hill Tells of Inventory of Secretary's Strength Made atConference Here". The New York Times. May 25, 1928. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  11. "FIVE FIREMEN OVERCOME; Battle Blaze in Sub-Basement of West 43d St. Building". The New York Times. October 18, 1952. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  12. "History of Silverstein Properties, Inc. – FundingUniverse". Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  13. Hemingway, Jonathan. "Gemstar On The Move". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  14. "Visit Us". NYU School of Professional Studies. New York University. Retrieved October 31, 2016.

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