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Rockefeller Center

Identification

Rockefeller Center
The Radio City
mixed-use
100328

Map

Facts

  • In the depths of the Great Depression, Rockefeller Center - still the largest private building enterprise ever undertaken in the United States - began rising over midtown. The project gave employment to almost 4,000 New Yorkers.
  • The original fourteen structures remain supreme examples of the heroic slab skyscraper and the Center as a whole embodies the modernist ideal of multiple use in urban design.
  • Rockefeller Jr. envisioned a large, ambitious commercial development for the young network-broadcasting industry. RCA, RKO, and NBC would be primary tenants.
  • The complex was originally named "the Radio City" and was intended to be a planned modern community.
  • The original fourteen buildings were designed by three of the era's foremost architectural firms: Hood & Fouilhoux; Corbett, Harrison, & MacMurray; and Reinhard & Hofmeister.
  • Property contains approximately 6,443,537 square feet of usable space.
  • In the first few decades of the 19th Century the site of Rockefeller Center was occupied by the Elgin Botanic Garden.
  • In 1969 this complex was the first recipient of the American Institute of Architects' prestigious Twenty-Five Year Award given to buildings whose design has stood the test of time for at least 25 years.

Location

New York
U.S.A.

Involved Companies


Welton Becket and Associates

The Associated Architects

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# Building Height Floors Building type Year Status
1 lookingdown-view-from-the-empire-state-building-observatory Comcast Building 850 ft 69 skyscraper 1933
2 exterior-view-to-the-west 1251 Avenue of the Americas 750 ft 54 skyscraper 1971
3 fullheightview-view-from-the-east McGraw-Hill Building 674 ft 51 skyscraper 1969
4 base-view-from-6th-avenue Celanese Building 592 ft 45 skyscraper 1973
5 exterior-view-to-the-northeast Time-Life Building 587 ft 48 skyscraper 1958
6 fullheightview-view-to-the-northwest International Building 512 ft 39 skyscraper 1935
7 fullheightview-view-from-the-northeast Time-Life Building 489 ft 34 skyscraper 1937
8 exterior-view-from-the-south Time-Warner Building 424 ft 33 skyscraper 1947
9 exterior-view-from-the-southwest 1270 Avenue of the Americas 409 ft 31 skyscraper 1931
10 exterior-view-to-the-northwest Manufacturers Hanover Building 399 ft 28 skyscraper 1952
11 lookingup-looking-up-from-the-southeast Rockefeller Center Hotel 268 ft 26 high-rise building 2006
12 exterior-view-from-the-southwest Simon & Schuster Building ≈233 ft 21 high-rise building 1939
13 lobby-lobby Eastern Airlines Building ≈188 ft 17 high-rise building 1940
14 exterior-view-from-the-southeast Associated Press Building 15 high-rise building 1938
15 fullheightview-view-from-the-southeast 610 5th Avenue ≈66 ft 6 low-rise building 1937
16 620 Fifth Avenue ≈66 ft 6 low-rise building -
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demolished
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