Banking: The Rockefeller Touch

As a ceremonial flight of helicopters buzzed overhead, the world's largest bank building officially opened for business last week in New York. Almost everything about the Chase Manhattan Bank's new 60-story glass and aluminum headquarters is the biggest: it has the biggest bank vault in the biggest underground banking area, the biggest automated check-sorting operation, the biggest air-conditioning unit. Even its 8,800 windows are oversized, "so people can look in and see bankers and so bankers can look out."

The brainchild of Chase Manhattan's personable president, David Rockefeller, 45, the new building...

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