Preservationists Worry About the Future of 2 Manhattan Spaces

From New York Times, Feb 8, 2016.
Now even the 1970s have historic significance, unsettling as that may be to baby boomers.

For the last few weeks, some preservationists in New York City have worried about a restaurant that opened in 1976, the year of the United States bicentennial and the presidential election of Jimmy Carter — a restaurant with velvet banquettes and mirror-like ceiling trim. They are also worried about an adjacent space that was completed in the ’80s, a lobby with a black-and-white color scheme.

The restaurant is the Ambassador Grill and Lounge, inside the One UN New York, a hotel on East 44th Street, opposite the United Nations. It was designed by the architect Kevin Roche and is “a clear example of significant modern architecture,” said Liz Waytkus, the executive director of Docomomo US, a nationwide organization that works to preserve modernist buildings.

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