Home to federal agencies such as the NYC branch of the FBI and GSA, this granite and glass checkerboard was once the backdrop to the highly controversial Richard Serra sculpture Tilted Arc and now boasts a new plaza redesign by landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The original Landscape Architect was Martha Schwartz.The building is named for Jacob K. Javits, who served as the United States Senator from New York for 24 years, from 1957 to 1981.Worth Street station is directly under the building
The Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building at 26 Federal Plaza on Foley Square in the Civic Center neighborhood of Manhattan houses many federal government agencies. At over 41 stories, it is the tallest federal building in the United States.
A western addition, first announced on "inadvertently acquired land" in 1965, was built in 1975–77.
By 2008, the roof membrane of the 40-year-old garage below the plaza was failing. To fix it, Schwartz's design had to be removed.