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June 15th, 2003, 01:42 PM
Architect: Cross & Cross

Year: 1931

Style: Art Deco

Description: Originally the RCA building and formally the General Electric building. The building’s crown thematically represented RCA’s electronic business. Later, the building was donated to Columbia University.


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June 15th, 2003, 06:20 PM
The only crown in the world more jazzy than the Chrysler Building's. *I think that this building was Cesar Pelli's inspiration for the BoA Corporate Center in Charlotte.

June 16th, 2003, 03:03 AM
It was donated to Columbia University ? by GE ?
That's very generous.

June 16th, 2003, 01:40 PM
During the last real estate recession, the small floor plates of the tower generated so little revenue that the building was running at a net loss (when you factor in the costs of maintenance, electricity, real estate taxes and overhead), so it could have actually been a sound financial decision.

June 16th, 2003, 07:14 PM
If I had to pick a favorite skyscraper, it would be this one.

June 16th, 2003, 10:21 PM
There's an even better picture of it in Reinhart Wolf's "New York".

This guy has some great photos of New York Architecture. I wish I had his camera.

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June 17th, 2003, 05:09 PM
What is the building being used as now, dormitories or something?

February 2nd, 2004, 05:05 PM

February 3rd, 2004, 08:52 AM
Maybe the finest brick building in NYC.

February 3rd, 2004, 09:29 AM
Symbolising 'The Hands of Time".


The beautifully fenestrated glasswork and metalwork @ the entrance:


December 6th, 2009, 04:18 PM
ianlayzellphotographs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianlayzellphotographs/3993246097/sizes/l/)

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December 6th, 2009, 05:24 PM
This is one of the many masterpieces on that stretch of Lex.

December 8th, 2009, 10:14 AM
This building is simply fantastic. The level of architectural detail and ornament is simply over-the-top. Speaking of the top, just LOOK at it. It's chock full of surprises and multiple levels of design. Hard to believe somebody actually sat down at a table and drew this. If somebody designed something like this these days, he'd be called a nutjob at best, an architect with no sense of economics at least.

Whenever I am in Manhattan, I always make it a point to walk by this amazing building.

December 8th, 2009, 10:18 AM
Bruce Goff's Boston Methodist Church in Tulsa, OK, has a similar level of art deco detail. That building is also drop-dead gorgeous.

I love art deco and wish it would return, big time!

December 8th, 2009, 12:45 PM
I'm blessed that I get to see this building every day...it's one block from me.:)
...beautiful in the morning when the sun accentuates the red/orange tones and the whole tower starts to blaze.

December 8th, 2009, 10:56 PM
To ADD to the thought put into this building, check out the brick colors as they fade going UP. This was done on purpose to emphasize verticality. Several brick buildings from the 30s used that trick in NYC.