Following the theme established with the British Empire Building and La Maison Française, 630 Fifth Avenue was named the International Building, and its southerly frontage on Fifth Avenue became known as the Palazzo d’Italia. The internationalist scheme was both an effort to attract tenants with connections to the honored countries, and celebrate the internationalism that John D. Rockefeller, Jr., believed was the key to world peace.
For years, the International Building was home to steamship lines, travel agencies, foreign consulates - all of them benefiting from the presence of the U.S. Passport Office that occupied the building’s second floor. One group of original tenants remains: the 18th floor, piped for gas lines, remains the province of dentists.
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