1211 Avenue of the Americas

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1211 Avenue of the Americas
1211 Avenue of the Americas.jpg
1211 Avenue of the Americas (view from the east) in Midtown Manhattan
Former namesCelanese Building
News Corp. Building
General information
TypeOffices and television studios (Fox News Channel)
Location1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
United States
Coordinates40°45′30″N 73°58′55″W / 40.758464°N 73.981806°W / 40.758464; -73.981806Coordinates: 40°45′30″N 73°58′55″W / 40.758464°N 73.981806°W / 40.758464; -73.981806
OwnerBeacon Capital Partners
Roof592 ft (180.44 m)
Technical details
Floor count45
Floor area1,854,912 sq ft (170,000 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectWallace Harrison (Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris)
DeveloperRockefeller Group Development Corporation
Main contractorCelanese Corporation and Rockefeller Center, Inc.

1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building) is an International style skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Formerly called the Celanese Building, it was completed in 1973 as part of the Rockefeller Center extension, that started in the late 1950s with the Time-Life Building. The Celanese Corporation would later move to Dallas, Texas. 1211 is owned by an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners, and leasing is managed by Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., of which the Rockefeller Group was once a major shareholder.

The building was part of the later Rockefeller Center expansion (1960s–1970s) dubbed the "XYZ Buildings". Their plans were first drawn in 1963 by the Rockefeller family's architect, Wallace Harrison, of the architectural firm Harrison and Abramovitz.[3] Their letters correspond to their height. 1251 Avenue of the Americas is the "X" Building as it is the tallest at 750 ft (229 m) and 54 stories, and was the first completed, in 1971. The "Y" is 1221 Avenue of the Americas, which was the second tower completed (1973) and is the second in height (674 ft and 51 stories). The "Z" Building, the shortest and the youngest, is 1211 Avenue of the Americas with 45 stories (592 ft).[4]

The building serves as the global headquarters for Australian-born businessman Rupert Murdoch's media companies, 21st Century Fox and News Corp. It served as the world headquarters for the original News Corporation before its 2013 split into 21st Century Fox and (new) News Corp. The building is well known for housing the main studios of the Fox News Channel, part of 21st Century Fox's Fox Entertainment Group. News Corp divisions housed there include Dow Jones & Company, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. Other companies with office there include Annaly Capital Management.

Fox News Studios at street level

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1211 Avenue of the Americas at Emporis
  2. ^ 1211 Avenue of the Americas at Structurae
  3. ^ Krinsky, Carol H. (1978). Rockefeller Center. Oxford University Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-19-502404-3.
  4. ^ "XYZ Buildings Exxon Building McGraw-Hill Building Celanese Building". Manhattan Skyscrapers. New York, NY: Princeton Archit.Press. pp. 127–130. doi:10.1007/1-56898-652-1_57. ISBN 978-1-56898-545-9.