Michelin Tire Corporation
Address: 26-15 Brooklyn Queens Expressway
Neighborhood: Long Island City
Architect: Powers and Kessler
Current Status: Extant
Award: Bronze Plaque for Industrial
Typology: Industrial Building
In an interesting twist, the former Michelin Tire Corporation building is now owned by the Bulova Watch Company, whose former school and corporate center are both among the awarded structures, although neither is now owned by Bulova. The building is long and low with corporate offices at level with the parking lot and a warehousing area behind. The structure is oriented at a right angle to the street to protect from noise and sun exposure as the site sits astride a service road to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, which roars away in a sunken roadbed below. The color palette of the complex is subdued in browns and blacks, although the awards program states that it was originally highlighted with additional blue, orange and yellow accents at the entrance and interior.