United Nations Secretariat
First Avenue at 42nd Street
New York City

Wallace K. Harrison and others 1950

The Secretariat building of the United Nations provides New York's earliest glass curtain wall, 38 stories or 544 feet tall. In keeping with its client the building was an international collaborative effort: Harrison, from New York, led a worldwide team that included Le Corbusier from France. Indeed before that team was assembled Corbusier had proposed a design for the overall site - the Secretariat, the Assembly and other agencies - that bears a strong resemblance to the collective outcome.


Simon Glynn 2001


How to visit

The United Nations Headquarters is on First Avenue between 42nd Street and 48th Street. The Visitors' Entrance is located on First Avenue at 46th Street. 

Subway: number 4,5,6 or 7 trains to Grand Central Station; walk on 42nd Street to First Avenue.

Buses: M15, M27, M42, or M104

Parking: No facilities.

The building is open to the public, with guided tours provided. For detailed directions, times and prices, visit www.un.org/tours or call 
+1 212 963 7713.

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