The RCA Building, 30 Rockefeller Center
Structure in General
art deco / art moderne
- The GE Building is the focal point of the entire Rockefeller Center complex.
- An escalator - a striking feature for its time - provides access to the shopping concourse below.
- Nicknames include "The Slab" and "30 Rock".
- The building was awarded landmark status in 1985.
- The vertical and Gothic-inspired detailing of the austere Art Deco facade is integrated with a slim, functionally expressive form. Inside, this modern skyscraper features an open floor plan.
- The lobby's rich materials and reduced black and beige ornamental scheme are enhanced by dramatic lighting.
- Granite covers the base to a height of 1.2 meters (four feet), and the shaft has a refined facade of Indiana limestone with aluminum spandrel panels.
- The building looks dramatically different when viewing its narrow and wide facades. From 5th Avenue it is an elegant, narrow shaft while looking down 6th Avenue it forms an enormous slab.
- Whilst under construction in 1932, this building is where the famous photo "Lunchtime Atop a Skyscraper" was taken by the photographer Charles C. Ebbets. The photo shows 11 construction workers eating whilst sitting on a steel beam seemingly suspended in mid-air.
- The "Top of the Rock" rooftop observation deck closed in May 1986, and reopened on November 1, 2005. Its elevators have glass ceilings facing into illuminated shafts.
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30-32 Rockefeller Plaza
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York City
Also recorded for this building:
fire protection engineering, structural engineering, developer, tenant, owner, elevator supplier, master plan architect, property management, MEP engineering
Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- City landmark
- Floodlighting at night
- Illuminated logo on the facade
- Observation deck on roof
- Observation floor is available
- Plaza is available to the public