We’ve known for quite some time now that the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building would close this month, and move just a few blocks south to a new space at 280 Park Avenue, to be designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld. The restaurant officially closed on July 16, but not before some drunken revelers decided to jump in its pool. But even though the restaurant has now been closed for over a week, a walk inside its airy, modernist expanse makes it seem like the it is just gearing up for dinner service.
Philip Johnson’s banquettes, Mies Van der Rohe’s armchairs, Eero Saarinen’s tulip tables and stools, and Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable’s serving dishes and cutlery are all in place, but there’s no of thrum excitement of the staff preparing for an upcoming service because dinner is not to be. Instead all those iconic pieces of modernist furniture have been laid out for Wright's auction that’s set to take place tomorrow starting at 10 a.m.
In the lead up to the event, where a pair of Mies Van der Rohe Brno side chairs are expected to fetch between $2,000-$3,000, and where the Eero Saarinen custom tulip table is expected to be scooped up for between $5,000-$7,000, the space was opened up to buyers and nostalgia hounds alike. Curbed got a chance to the tour the space for one last time, before Major Food Group, the restaurant company behind Carbone and Parm, officially transforms the space into a as-yet-to-be-determined restaurant.
Bit by bit the pieces were being stripped away and it started with the placard designed by Emil Antonucci, in front of the restaurant. For the most part, the restaurant is still preserved as is, and today is the last day people can get a sense of what this once glamorous venue would have been like. Tomorrow, a memorable New York City establishment, will see its curtains close for good, until it is reborn in a different avatar.