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L. P. Hollander Company Building
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General information
Location 3 East 57th Street
Manhattan, New York City, New York
Completed 1930
Height 100 feet (30 m)
Technical details
Floor count 9
Design and construction
Architect William F. Lamb of Shreve, Lamb & Harmon

The L .P. Hollander Company Building is a building located at 3 East 57th Street near the corner with Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The structure, completed in 1930, began as a shop for women, as reflected in its delicate and rich design, which features feminine motifs. Its name was changed to the Weber & Heilbroner Building in August 1934.

Site

The Hollander Building is situated on a plot of land that had been occupied by the Stuyvesant home, a private residence in the 57th Street district. In 1939, the property was owned by Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant Jr. and the estate of Anne W. Stuyvesant. Upon its 1930 completion, it adjoined the New York Trust Company building at the corner of Fifth Avenue, which had also recently been completed. A structure known as the old Hollander Building stood at 550–552 Fifth Avenue at this time.

Design

The structure is composed of a two-story silver-clad base, a shaft made of a series of vertical lines composed of stone, and an upper panel framed horizontally but with the vertical motifs of the shaft. The whole, along with its various portions, are framed in black granite. The edifice possessed a gray, silver, and black color scheme. The silver hue is made up of aluminum metal parts, gray of the limestone mullions, and black of the granite frame. Two small side doors, one for service and another which acted as a fire exit, are utilized as flanking motifs for a primary show window. The doors are plates pierced for light, grilles in reverse. Window backgrounds of the Hollander building are the work of Jock D. Peters, in collaboration with Eleanor Lemaire.

Tenants

On March 15, 1933, fashion boutique Joseph's opened shops at the Hollander Building. The store was directed by Milton Wolf who had been president of Joseph and Benjamin Pitman, and vice-president of the original L.P. Hollander Company. Joseph's featured a number of small shops assembled under one roof. Their merchandise selection offered items as diverse as swirling gowns for spring, and swanky bags.

In December 1939, the Hollander Building was leased for twenty-one years to Stouffer's for a new unit in its chain of restaurants. The company operated other eateries at 540 Fifth Avenue and in the Pershing Square Building, in the Terminal City zone near Grand Central Terminal. Aymar Embury II redesigned the two lower floors of the establishment, with a design employing white marble, featuring a new facade.

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