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Facility Location:  
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109 Tower Rd
City of Ithaca
NY -
Construction Date:   1973
Gross Area:   179,506 sq ft
Net Area:   145,385 sq ft
Architect:   Gordon Bunschaft (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)
Style:   Modern
Unit Facility Director:   eeg4 - Erik E. Gray
Building Coordinators
Maintenance Zone:   Endowed
Campus Site:   29 - Ithaca Main Campus
Jurisdiction:   City of Ithaca
State Owned?:   No
Historic Building:   NL - Not Listed as Landmark
Historic District:   NL - Not Located Within a District
Photo: Uris Hall
Before the Statler complex (1948), buildings such as the AD White House, Rockefeller, Barton, Baker and Ives maintained a large green space between their facades and East Ave. Situated above a former parking area, Uris obscures the facade of the Ives complex, just as the neighboring Statler complex blocks the facade of Barton. Instead, Uris and the Statler address East Avenue. Uris' large square, one-story platform of granite pebble matrix and its Cor Ten and glass box above anchor the corner of Tower Rd and East Ave. The effect is distinctly urban; the street line is carefully maintained and the platform has a generous plaza rather than any green area. The platform works in negotiating the slope away from Tower Rd and provides entrances at its top (Tower Rd) and its bottom (opposite the Statler Inn). In the tradition begun by Mies van der Rohe, Bunschaft has exposed the Cor Ten I-beams (which have developed a purplish-brown patina) and filled in the space between with glass. Ignoring its architectural context, Bunschaft has organized the plan and elevations on squares and rectangles. The Cor Ten box is lightened somewhat by placing it on eight granite-faced pylons and cantilevering it well over the glass-skinned and thin-mullioned floor below. All but the doors is original on the exterior. A house from faculty row once stood on this site.