MasterCard International Global Headquarters

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MasterCard International Global Headquarters
2000PurchaseSt-narrow.jpg
Aerial view of the facility
Alternative names2000 Purchase Street
General information
TypeCorporate headquarters
Architectural styleModernist
LocationPurchase, New York, U.S.
Address2000 Purchase Street
Coordinates41°01′32″N 73°43′00″W / 41.02568°N 73.71656°W / 41.02568; -73.71656Coordinates: 41°01′32″N 73°43′00″W / 41.02568°N 73.71656°W / 41.02568; -73.71656
Current tenantsMasterCard
Construction startedDecember 1979
CompletedAugust 1984
Technical details
Other dimensions46.8 acres (0.189 km2; 0.0731 sq mi)
Floor count3
Floor area476,823 square feet (44,298.3 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectI. M. Pei
Architecture firmPei Cobb Freed & Partners
Awards and prizes1988 Building Stone Institute: Annual Tucker Award;
1986 American Institute of Architects: National Honor Award;
1986 Concrete Industry Board: Annual Award
 
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MasterCard International Global Headquarters
2000PurchaseSt-narrow.jpg
Aerial view of the facility
Alternative names2000 Purchase Street
General information
TypeCorporate headquarters
Architectural styleModernist
LocationPurchase, New York, U.S.
Address2000 Purchase Street
Coordinates41°01′32″N 73°43′00″W / 41.02568°N 73.71656°W / 41.02568; -73.71656Coordinates: 41°01′32″N 73°43′00″W / 41.02568°N 73.71656°W / 41.02568; -73.71656
Current tenantsMasterCard
Construction startedDecember 1979
CompletedAugust 1984
Technical details
Other dimensions46.8 acres (0.189 km2; 0.0731 sq mi)
Floor count3
Floor area476,823 square feet (44,298.3 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectI. M. Pei
Architecture firmPei Cobb Freed & Partners
Awards and prizes1988 Building Stone Institute: Annual Tucker Award;
1986 American Institute of Architects: National Honor Award;
1986 Concrete Industry Board: Annual Award

The MasterCard International Global Headquarters is an office building located at 2000 Purchase Street in the town of Purchase, New York. It was constructed in the early 1980s as part of a movement of large corporations onto suburban estate settings, and has been called the "architectural jewel of Westchester".[1][2] The building is part of the Purchase Centre complex and originally was constructed by the Nestlé company and occupied by IBM for several years.[3] It was designed by I. M. Pei of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and has won awards over the years for its architectural style.[4]

History[edit]

In 1977 the United States-based component of the Nestlé corporation announced that it intended to move from its headquarters in White Plains, New York to a new site in Purchase, New York. Nestlé had been one of the first companies to move to a suburban environment 25 years early and was part of a general relocation movement at the time of companies' headquarters to "estate settings".[1][5] Nestlé stated that if the town did not grant a zoning amendment for the parcel it had selected, it would move the headquarters out of the state.[6] However, the town of Harrison objected to the construction on the grounds that the new building would interfere with the town's zoning plan that had been adopted five years earlier and would cause traffic flow problems in the area. Then-governor of New York, Hugh Carey, intervened on behalf of Nestlé, but in June 1977 the town board rejected the request for the zoning amendment.[7][8] Nestlé then approached Manhattanville College, which had recently announced plans to sell 135 acres (0.55 km2) of surplus land from its 250-acre (1.0 km2) campus.[9] With subsequent state modifications to the I-684 highway to the site, it became possible for the construction of the headquarters.[10]

By 1980 Nestlé had commissioned renowned architect I. M. Pei to design the building, which would be composed of a central saw-toothed parallelogram and two quarter-circle wings.[11][12] Then in 1982, Nestlé announced that it had sold the half-completed building to IBM as a result of changing financial projections and that it would remain in its White Plains location.[5][13] Later in 1986 Nestlé constructed a new building across the road from the 2000 Purchase Street facility that would serve as its headquarters until it moved again to Glendale, California in 1992.[14][15]

IBM would use the facility to centralize activities in the Westchester area from 1985 to 1992 when it began moving employees to other facilities as part of cost containment efforts.[2][16] By 1994 the facility was purchased by MasterCard to serve as its global headquarters.[17][18] MasterCard moved into 2000 Purchase Street in October 1995 and in December 2001 acquired the 100 Manhattanville Road facility to serve as its North American Region headquarters.[19][20]

Structure[edit]

The Purchase Centre complex

The facility is a three-story building that incorporates travertine stone and architectural concrete to maximize the effectiveness of natural resources.[12][20] The facility is composed of a central lobby with a full-height atrium and two quarter-circle wings to the north and west with smaller atria, all incorporating natural features such as ficus trees and an indoor stream.[12][20] Also on-site is a cafeteria, a company store, and other employee amenities.[20] An 1,100 car parking facility is built into a hillside on the site.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tucker, William (1977-08-07). "Corporate Quest For Idyllic Sites Begins to Ruffle Estate Country; The Corporate Quest for Idyllic Sites". New York Times. pp. R1. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  2. ^ a b Vizard, Mary McAleer (1994-01-23). "Commercial Property/Corporate Headquarters; Marketing Opulent Waifs Abandoned by Austerity". New York Times. pp. 10–15. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ Lyons, Richard D. (1988-12-21). "Real Estate; A Campus Transformed Into Offices". New York Times. pp. D17. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  4. ^ Raynor, Vivien (1981-08-09). "Art; Somewhat Enticing Look at Corporate Architecture". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  5. ^ a b Hudson, Edward (1982-03-22). "Nestlé Sells Site It Said It Needed To Stay In State". New York Times. pp. B1. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Edward (1977-05-12). "Nestlé Plans to Move Its Offices To Harrison or Out of New York". New York Times. p. 95. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Edward (1977-06-09). "Carey Seeks to Delay Harrison Decision On Disputed Site for the Nestlé Company". New York Times. pp. B&F87. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  8. ^ Hudson, Edward (1977-06-30). "Harrison Rejects Nestlé Bid to Build Purchase Offices". New York Times. pp. B&F72. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  9. ^ Hudson, Edward (1977-10-26). "Nestlé, Rebuffed Earlier, Chooses A New, Favored Site in Harrison". New York Times. p. 24. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  10. ^ "County En Route to Roadbuilding Again; County En Route to Roadbuilding Again". New York Times. 1978-02-26. pp. WC1. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  11. ^ Horsley, Carter B. (1980-03-30). "Offices in Suburbs: Placement Patterns; Offices in Suburbs: Placement Patterns". New York Times. pp. R1. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "IBM Corporate Office Building [now MasterCard International Global Headquarters]". Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  13. ^ Goldberger, Paul (1990-05-13). "Architecture View; Corporate Design That Stays on the Safe Side". New York Times. pp. 2–37. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  14. ^ Brown, Betsy (1985-08-04). "Westchester Journal; Home for Nestlé". New York Times. pp. 11WC–3. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  15. ^ Singer, Penny (1992-04-05). "Nestlé's Move Symbolizes A Competitive Climate". New York Times. pp. 12WC–1. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  16. ^ Vizard, Mary McAleer (1993-04-11). "I.B.M. Vacancies Add to Westchester Glut". New York Times. pp. 10–3. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  17. ^ Deutsch, Claudia H. (1994-07-20). "Mastercard Plans to Move 540 Employees to Westchester". New York Times. pp. B2. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  18. ^ Vizard, Mary McAleer (1996-04-14). "In the Region/Westchester;Downsized Kraft Checking Out of White Plains". New York Times. pp. 9–11. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  19. ^ "MasterCard to Establish New Purchase Headquarters for Its North America Region". Business Wire. 2001-12-19. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  20. ^ a b c d "MasterCard International Global Headquarters" (PDF). MasterCard International Incorporated. 2002-12-18. Retrieved 2009-06-28.