This 60-story skyscraper resulted from the forward-looking vision of David Rockefeller, who was willing to construct the first International Style building in Lower Manhattan. At the time of its completion, the tower’s rectilinear shape stood in stark contrast to the 19th-century spires of downtown, and its expansive plaza provided much-needed open space in the area. The Chase Tower unarguably served as a high point of urban transformation during the 1960s.
Clad in aluminum and tinted glass, the tower contains open office areas positioned around a central core with columns outside the exterior wall and within the core. Short ends of the floors are cantilevered beyond the end columns. A circular open court on the plaza admits light to a large banking room below.
In addition to the banking room, the building’s multilevel basement includes a branch bank, a restaurant and cafeteria, shops, a trucking level, mailroom, storage, a print shop, mechanical equipment rooms, check-handling equipment, bank vaults, and parking. The plaza features the exuberant Jean Dubuffet sculpture, Group of Four Trees.