1 Pace Plaza

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Coordinates: 40°42′41″N 74°00′18″W / 40.7114°N 74.0051°W / 40.7114; -74.0051

Maria's Tower, One Pace Plaza, by David Shankbone.jpg
Alternative namesPace College Civic Center Campus
Printing House Square
Maria's Tower
General information
TypeUniversity building
Address1 Pace Plaza
Town or cityFinancial District, Manhattan, New York City, New York
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°42′41″N 74°00′18″W / 40.7114°N 74.0051°W / 40.7114; -74.0051
Construction started1968
Height199.36 feet (60.76 m)
Technical details
Floor count18
Design and construction
Architecture firmEggers & Higgins

1 Pace Plaza is the flagship building complex of Pace University in New York City, located directly across from the City Hall and adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge ramp in the Civic Center neighborhood of Manhattan. The building houses the classrooms, administrative offices, a 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) student union, the 750-seat community theater of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, the Peter Fingesten Gallery, and an 18-floor high-rise known as Maria's Tower. The 5th through 17th floors of Maria's Tower houses approximately 500 freshmen residents and the 18th floor holds university administrative offices.

Construction on 1 Pace Plaza started in December 1966[2][3] and was completed in 1970[4] on the site of the former New York Tribune Building.[5] It was part of the 1960s Brooklyn Bridge Title I Project, which included the Southbridge Towers, the Beekman Hospital (now New York Downtown Hospital) and the World Trade Center.

The architects of 1 Pace Plaza were Eggers & Higgins. Israeli sculptor Nehemia Azaz, working with Paul Lampl, Chief Designer at Eggers & Higgins, created the "Brotherhood of Man" copper prismed sculpture that still adorns the Pace Plaza entrance on Frankfort Street.[6]


  1. ^ "Pace Plaza". Emporis. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  2. ^ Carroll, Maurice (1966-12-20). "Ground is Broken for Pace Center; Humphrey and Lindsay Help Dedicate Downtown Site". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  3. ^ Schlegel, Harry (1969-12-20). "Committed to Head Start: HHH". New York Daily News. p. 575. Retrieved 2020-09-13 – via newspapers.com open access.
  4. ^ "Pace Dedicates Campus, 3 Given Honorary Degrees". The New York Times. September 15, 1970. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Porterfield, Byron (1966-05-20). "'Newspaper Row' Shrinking Again; The Old Tribune Building on Nassau Is Giving Way to Pace College Center". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  6. ^ "Sculptures Added To Facade of New Campus". Pace Alumni News: 2–3. October 1970.

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