Photographer: Åke Eson Lindman
Salongen på det svenska generalkonsulatet i New York.
New York, USA, the Consulate General
The Consulate General of Sweden in New York City is located on the corner of Park Avenue and East 64th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood. It originally comprised four separate buildings, which have since been combined following one or more reconstructions. The property is owned by the Swedish government and administered by the National Property Board Sweden.
Sweden in the Upper East Side
The building, which has the registered addresses 600, 604 and 608 Park Avenue and 61-63 East 64th Street, houses the Consulate General and accommodation for Swedish attachés. 2013, the National Property Board of Sweden renovated the building according to an ambitious maintenance program whose aim was to bring to the fore cultural and historical values that had been lost during previous renovations. The National Property Board completed the major renovation of 600 Park Avenue by also renovating the façades and windows of the adjoining properties in 2014.
Following World War II, the Swedish government sought a residence for the Consul General, and in 1946, the building on 600 Park Avenue was purchased for this purpose.
When the buildings on 61-63 East 64th Street came up for sale, there was an opportunity to make space for the Consulate General and staff accommodation. This entailed reconstruction of the building interiors. The staff moved in in 1947. Shortly afterwards, the buildings on 604 and 608 Park Avenue were also acquired. The Consulate General's activities expanded considerably, and in 1965 the Swedish Foreign Office decided to move consulate functions to more modern office premises. Today, the Swedish Consulate General in New York rents space on the 45th floor of One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, on the corner of 48th Street and 2nd Avenue.
In 1984 and 1985, the predecessor to the National Property Board of Sweden carried out sweeping renovations of the four buildings, with the aims of creating functional accommodation for the Consul General and also as many apartments as possible. Construction work began in August 1984 and the buildings were ready for occupation in the fall of 1985. Following reconstruction, the buildings housed a total of 21 apartments, laundry rooms, storage spaces and a sauna. Renowned Swedish designers such as Carl Malmsten, Josef Frank, Carl-Axel Acking and Ingegerd Torhamn are among those represented by the interiors. Construction work also included renovation of the façades.
Major cultural and historical values
The buildings in the neighborhood that is home to the Consulate General of Sweden have been classified as landmarks since 1981, i.e. they are buildings with historical value and whose exteriors may not be altered.
600, Park Avenue