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    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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    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.

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    It was donated to Columbia University ? by GE ?
    That's very generous.

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    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.

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    If I had to pick a favorite skyscraper, it would be this one.

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    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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    What is the building being used as now, dormitories or something?

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    Maybe the finest brick building in NYC.

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    Symbolising 'The Hands of Time".

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    The beautifully fenestrated glasswork and metalwork @ the entrance:


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    This is one of the many masterpieces on that stretch of Lex.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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