New York, December 13, 2012- Americas Society and Council of the Americas are proud to announce the unveiling of the David Rockefeller Atrium at their historic headquarters on 680 Park Avenue, a new space that connects in perpetuity David Rockefeller, founder and honorary chairman, to the institutions he had the vision to create almost half century ago.
Designed by internationally renowned architect Enrique Norten, the David Rockefeller Atrium exhibits a streamlined aesthetic while retaining some of the building’s original plan including a sweeping staircase, traditional moldings, and an impressive fireplace; an apt architectural interpretation of the Americas Society and Council of the America’s mission and the legacy of their founder and honorary chairman David Rockefeller.
“For almost fifty years David Rockefeller has served as the inspiration behind Americas Society and Council of the Americas. The David Rockefeller Atrium connects the glorious past of the organizations with where they are today, and looks to the future of the Americas. It is a fitting tribute to a great man, a true statesman who has made an enormous contribution to the hemisphere,” said Americas Society and Council of the Americas President and CEO Susan Segal.
David Rockefeller founded Americas Society and Council of the Americas to promote closer inter-American cooperation, both on a business and cultural level, as well as better communication between the public and private sectors. He served as chairman from 1981 through 1992. The organizations’ policy and cultural programs continue to enhance understanding in the hemisphere and providing the premier forum for leaders of the public and private sectors to exchange ideas and create solutions to the challenges of the Americas.
The prominence of Americas Society and Council of the Americas is reflected in the historical importance of their headquarters. 680 Park Avenue is listed in the National Register of Historical Places and was designated a New York City Landmark in 1970.
“By entrusting the creation of the David Rockefeller Atrium to Enrique Norten we chose not only one of the most distinguished Mexican contemporary architects, but one of our board members who has supported us in the process of reinvigorating the institutions and ensuring their long-term sustainability. The David Rockefeller Atrium is an artwork unto itself that will preserve our founder and honorary chairman’s legacy,” said Susan Segal.
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