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United Nations Secretariat Building

Coordinates: 40°44′56″N 73°58′05″W / 40.749°N 73.968°W / 40.749; -73.968
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United Nations Secretariat Building
General information
LocationInternational territory in
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°44′56″N 73°58′05″W / 40.749°N 73.968°W / 40.749; -73.968
Construction started1947
Roof154 m (505 ft)
Technical details
Floor count39
Design and construction
ArchitectOscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier, Wallace Harrison, and others

The United Nations Secretariat Building is a 154-meter (505 ft) tall skyscraper. It is the most important building in the headquarters of the United Nations. The building is in the Turtle Bay in Midtown Manhattan. Midtown Manhattan is an area of Manhattan in New York City. The land where the building is located is considered United Nations territory. Even so, the land is still part of the United States.[3]

The 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld in front of the General Assembly building (1950s)

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A ceremony to celebrate the start of the building construction took place on September 14, 1948. [4] Four companies from Manhattan and Queens were selected to construct the Building. The construction cost is around $30 million.[5]

The Secretariat Building has 39 stories and was completed in 1952.[6] The Building was designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. Secretariat Building is linked to another building called the Conference Building to the north. The Conference Building houses the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council. The Secretrait building is also linked to a library building to the south.[7]

The Secretariat Building was renovated in 2010s. The renovation started in May 2010. The building reopened in phases starting in July 2012.[8]

On October 29, 2012, there was flooding in the basement of the building. This is due to Hurricane Sandy. The flood caused a three-day closure of the building and some offices were moved to other locations.[9]

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References[change | change source]

  1. GmbH, Emporis. "United Nations Secretariat Building". EMPORIS. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  2. "United Nations Secretariat Building, New York City". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  3. Kelsen, H.; London Institute of World Affairs (2000). The Law of the United Nations: A Critical Analysis of Its Fundamental Problems : with Supplement. Collected Writings of Rousseau. Lawbook Exchange. p. 350. ISBN 978-1-58477-077-0. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  4. "U.N. Breaks Ground for Its Capital; O'Dwyer Welcomes 'Plan for Peace'; BREAKING GROUND FOR UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS HERE U.N.BREAKS GROUND FOR WORLD CAPITAL" (PDF). The New York Times. 1948-09-15. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  5. "4 Companies Join Forces To Construct U.N.'s Home; Group of New York's Biggest Contractors Forms New Corporation to Build the World Body's East River Skyscraper" (PDF). The New York Times. 1948-12-19. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  6. Hamilton, Thomas J. (October 10, 1953). "Work Completed on U.N. Buildings". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  7. Agreement between the United Nations and the United States regarding the headquarters of the UN Archived June 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2014-11-01.
  8. "United Nations Capital Master Plan - Timeline". Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  9. "Storm Sandy: New York inquiry into overpricing". BBC News. November 5, 2012.

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