Ron Brown Building, New York

Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
Date Built
Dedicated on March 29, 2011
First Avenue and East 45th Street in Turtle Bay, Manhattan
The Ron Brown building in Turtle Bay is home to the United States delegation to the United Nations.  It was designed by Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects.  Their website says that their challenge was to design, ".... an iconic tower that would transcend strict programmatic and technical constraints, and become a compelling and representative landmark for architecture and democracy. ... The building provides office, meeting and reception spaces for the U.S. Mission, the United States Information Agency, and the Office of Foreign Missions within a 22-story structure which is designed in response to stringent blast and security criteria."

In March 2011, the  building was named in honor of Ronald Harmon Brown (Brown was an American politician who served as the United States Secretary of Commerce during the first term of President Bill Clinton. Prior to this he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was the first African American to hold these positions. He was killed, along with 34 others, in a 1996 plane crash in Croatia) and dedicated at a ceremony in which President Obama, former President Clinton and the United States representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice, spoke.