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Somebody loves A.I.G.

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A.I.G.’s headquarters, that is.  Preservatationists have written to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission asking that American International Group’s Art Deco tower on 70 Pine Street in lower Manhattan be designated a city landmark, the New York Post reports.   A.I.G. is trying to sell the tower, as well as a connecting building at 72 Wall Street, and the preservationists are worried that a new owner may ruin the period details that make the building so distinctive.

Crain’s New York Business has estimated that 70 Pine Street could reap between $78 million and $116 million in a sale.

The 66-story building was built in 1932 and was designed by the firm of Clinton & Russell, Holton & George. A.I.G. bought the building in 1976. One of the fascinating features of the building used to be its double-deck elevators.  As Christopher Gray explained in the New York Times in 1998:

As soon as the doors of both cabs closed, the double cab went up, stopping at, for instance, the 29/30th floors, the 31st/32d floors, and so on to the 59th/60th floors. Double-deck service was restricted to peak periods; at other times half the cabs were closed and the elevators stopped on all floors.

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