30 Rockefeller Plaza (New York, NY) : Entrance frieze, polychrome stone and glass decoration by Lee Lawrie, installed 1933; detail of "Wisdom

Creator:
Hood, Raymond M., 1881-1934
Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935
Lawrie, Lee Oskar, 1877-1961
Published/Created:
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York, United States
1930-1933
Physical Description:
850 ft (height)
Date Depicted:
6/14/2011
Materials:
stone; steel; glass
Notes:
Art Deco skyscraper that forms the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Principal architect was Raymond Hood, working with and leading three architectural firms on a team that included a young Wallace Harrison. Known as the RCA Building until 1988, it is most famous for housing the headquarters of the television network NBC. Now known as the GE Building. The 70-story building is the 10th tallest building in New York City and the 33rd tallest in the United States. It was the first building constructed with the elevators grouped in the central core. It includes an observation deck and the restaurant the Rainbow Room. Opened in 1934, it was the first restaurant to be located in a high-rise setting, designed by French architect Jacques Carlu. It had a slowing rotating dance floor (it was closed in 2009). The east facade on 1250 6th Avenue is known as "1250 Avenue of the Americas".
Variant Titles:
RCA Building
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Art Deco
Twentieth century
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
1A1-RH-RC-S64
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
broadcasting studios (AAT)
office buildings (AAT)
skyscrapers (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
building divisions; rooms and spaces; broadcasting studios; buildings; multistory buildings; high-rise buildings; skyscrapers; buildings; office buildings
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Addition Module Eight
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
6/14/2011 12:00:00 AM
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2013; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4654
OID:
10897005
PID:
digcoll:1862785