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Proposed changes to Four Seasons prompt outcry

Some architects and preservationists raise strong objections to planned design changes to famed restaurant; owner scales back part of proposal

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Julian Niccolini, an owner of the Four Seasons, at a pool in the restaurant in New York. Beyond its architectural significance, the restaurant has long been a high-profile power centre, its tables regularly filled by the rich and famous.

New York

WITH its sleek elegance and white marble pool of bubbling water, the Four Seasons restaurant in the landmark Seagram Building has long been considered an architectural gem - not to mention a haunt for the likes of Henry A Kissinger and Madonna.

Now the owner of the