Chancellor Zimpher Announces New York City Landmark Designation of SUNY Global Center

December 14, 2016

New York City – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced a Landmarks of New York designation of the SUNY Global Center, the university system’s New York City headquarters. The designation, presented by the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, safeguards the building as part of New York City’s history.

"With a campus or learning center located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state, SUNY is a prominent part of New York’s past, present, and future," said Chancellor Zimpher. "We are proud of our growing presence in New York City and honored to receive this landmark designation from the historic Preservation Foundation."

"The site that now houses the SUNY Global Center is one of the most distinguished townhouses of the early 20th century in Midtown Manhattan, and a treasured New York City Landmark," said Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair and Commissioner of the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission. "I would like to thank Chancellor Zimpher and The State University of New York for being thoughtful stewards of this historic property. Today’s plaque unveiling underscores our joint commitment to ensuring that the best of our past is preserved."

Christina Davis, Chair of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, said, "On behalf of the NY Landmarks Preservation Foundation, we are pleased to participate in the "unveiling" of the plaque, denoting an important individual landmark, one of our signature outreach programs of the Foundation."

The SUNY Global Center, located at 116 East 55th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue in midtown Manhattan, has a number of uniquely designed spaces that regularly host a variety of events, including educational and non-profit functions as well as corporate and private events. The facility features contemporary furnishings, state of the art audio/visual equipment, and an on-site event management team to ensure the success of every event.

According to the Landmarks Law, the designation safeguards buildings and places that represent New York City's cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history is to stabilize and improve property values; foster civic pride; protect and enhance tourist attractions; strengthen the economy; and promote the use of historic landmarks for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of New York City.

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chair of the Landmarks50+ Alliance and the New York State Council on the Arts, said, "It is a special pleasure to join the chancellor and other dignitaries today to celebrate the SUNY Global Center, one of the last great private homes to be built in New York City before the Great Depression, and now an important educational facility that serves the public. Congratulations to Chancellor Zimpher, and to this public institution, the State University of New York, for recognizing the potential of our City's historic buildings; that they may be effectively and efficiently adaptively re-used, and find new uses, and new functions, for future generations."

About Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is the largest municipal preservation agency in the nation. It is responsible for protecting New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status, and regulating them after designation. The Commission was created in 1965 through groundbreaking legislation signed by the late Mayor Robert F. Wagner in response to the losses of historically significant buildings in New York City, most notably, Pennsylvania Station.

About the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation

The New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1980. The Foundation raises funds from public and private sources. In addition, the foundation sponsors Lunch at a Landmark, its annual fund raising benefit. The Foundation's mission is to foster and promote the activities of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as to provide funds for educational outreach programs. For more information, visit

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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