The wonderful piece by Phyllis Lambert, published this weekend in the New York Times demonstrates the power of real estate moguls to manipulate landmark rules. Lamberts who famously introduced Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to her father, Samuel Bronfman in the 50s when he was seeking to build a New York headquarters for his company, Seagram New York, is largely perceived as responsible for the bronze building. At the center of this architectural masterpiece and NYC’s most important modernist skyscraper is the Four Seasons, America’s most famous restaurant. Although it received a landmark protection in 1989, the building’s owner, we learn from this Lambert’s article, is proposing changes that would destroy the restaurant’s historical value. Designed by Phillips Johnson, the design of the restaurant is known for its perfection of proportions and details, such as the curtains, tableware, crystal, and flatware, all designed specifically for the restaurant, which has remained in its original design since completed in 1959.