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GE Building

Identification

GE Building
The RCA Building, 30 Rockefeller Center
115419

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
rigid frame
steel
limestone
applied masonry
light brown
Art Deco

Usage

commercial office
shop(s)

Facts

  • 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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Location

31-81 West 49th Street,
30-64 West 50th Street,
1240-1256 6th Avenue
30 Rockefeller Plaza
10112
U.S.A.

Technical Data

850.00 ft
850.00 ft
850.00 ft
69
1931
1933
60

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

developer, elevator supplier, fire protection engineering, master plan architect, MEP engineering, owner, property management, structural engineering, tenant

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