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    Lighting like that on this building would be great! It's undergoing renovations, maybe they will consider that. Standing in Bryant Park after dark would be quite a sight when you add that plus the "light closet" on BOA.

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    A Businesslike Tower, Overshadowed by a Famous Sibling

    Published: September 30, 2007

    THE soaring lines and Art Deco details of 500 Fifth Avenue, at 42nd Street, make it a mismatched 60-story bookend to the similarly styled Empire State Building eight blocks south. Both completed in 1931, they were designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon with the businesslike economy typical of the firm, which valued efficiency as much as aesthetics.

    Richmond H. Shreve and William F. Lamb were working for the elite Beaux-Arts firm Carrère & Hastings in the early 1920s, and were an essential part of its expansion into commercial design, as in their 1921 Fisk Building, at 250 West 57th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.


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    The practice changed hands several times until November 1995 — when, according to Donald Grossman, an architect there since 1971 and by then an owner — it shut down.

    “We were no longer being called in for our expertise,” he said. “It was just, ‘Give us your price.’ It wasn’t fun anymore.”
    That could have all to do with there designs of 3 Park Avenue, 130 Liberty Street, 1250 Broadway, 475 Park Avenue South, 245 Park Avenue, and 280 Park Avenue, all disgusting designs that put the original designers of the Empire State Building, 500 Fifth Avenue, and other great buildings to shame.

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    Some lighting going all the way up those dark shafts would attract a lot of attention at night.

    Or panoramic elevators!

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    O how I wish they'd floodlight this beauty

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