636 Eleventh Avenue

Manhattan's Far West Side is better known for beautiful river views than it is for green buildings, but the surge of green development along the High Line and the tip–to–tail green upgrade of 636 Eleventh Avenue have ensured the Far West Side's sustainable bona fides.

Built as a chocolate factory in 1913, 636 Eleventh Avenue got a thorough state-of-the-art-green renovation in 2007  in preparation for seeking LEED certification. While it’s unclear what became of the building’s LEED pursuit after inking Ogilvy New York to a long-term lease in early 2008, it’s obvious that 636 Eleventh has what it takes to become a landmark green space.

636 Eleventh’s appeal starts with its impressive raw materials, including eight elevators, a location that stretches the entirety of Eleventh Avenue between 46th and 47th streets, and 549,039 square feet of airy, high-ceilinged office space. 636 Eleventh’s 11 floors of office space are brightened and bolstered immeasurably by striking 360-degree views of the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan on every floor.

636 Eleventh’s rooftop garden and private courtyard add value to a building that already looks likely to become an invaluable part of the Far West Side’s rise as one of Manhattan’s greenest neighborhoods.

636 11th Ave, New York, New York  
Hell's Kitchen 
The Hakimian Organization 
Robert D. Kohn; renovation by Gensler 
Year Built
Square Footage
550,000 square feet 
Formerly known as Midtown Graphic Art Building and Auerbach Chocolate Factory; currently serves as headquarters of Ogilvy New York 


  • Green Roof
  • High Ceilings
  • Interior Courtyard
  • Upgraded Building Systems