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View Poll Results: Your favourite Art Deco skyscraper?
American International Building 8 15.38%
American Radiator Building 5 9.62%
40 Wall Street 5 9.62%
500 Fifth Avenue 3 5.77%
Empire State Building 10 19.23%
Chrysler Building 27 51.92%
Chanin Building 2 3.85%
General Electric Building 5 9.62%
GE Building 5 9.62%
1 Wall Street 4 7.69%
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel 1 1.92%
Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower 1 1.92%
The Century 1 1.92%
The Majestic 0 0%
Fuller Building 1 1.92%
60 Hudson Street 0 0%
20 Exchange Place 2 3.85%
New Yorker Hotel 1 1.92%
Paramount Building 1 1.92%
other 2 3.85%
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It's not on your list (for whatever reason) but my vote goes to the original 1930's section of Rockefeller Center.
Yeah I only listed the GE Building, not the RC as a whole... my bad.

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the photo of the Century Building above is incorrect. (the style is not even art deco, huge mistake!)

this is the ART DECO Century building in central park west!!!
Yes I know, it was getting late- no idea how that apartment block made it here lol. Thanks for pointing out the mistake.
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Wow! So many amazing buildings! I had never even heard of several of these. Keep the pictures coming please!
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Chrysler Building.. With the American Radiator Building a very close second.
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Chrysler Building.. With the American Radiator Building a very close second.
+1.

If a handful of these buildings, 40 Wall, American Radiator, 20 Exchange, were in any other city in the world they'd be icons. Unfortunately those buildings, which are beautiful in their own right, get overshadowed and just lost in the city.
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American International. American International. American International. American International. American International. American International.
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American International. American International. American International. American International. American International. American International.
It sure is a marvel. If I remeber correctly, fellow forumer uaarkson also shares your love with this particular building.

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+1.

If a handful of these buildings, 40 Wall, American Radiator, 20 Exchange, were in any other city in the world they'd be icons. Unfortunately those buildings, which are beautiful in their own right, get overshadowed and just lost in the city.
That's one of the reasons why I created this thread. Unfortunately many beautiful (Art Deco) skyscrapers are overshadowed by taller and immensely more massive towers nowadays. But that's skyscraper evolution I guess. I just wish NY would build more skyscrapers in Art Deco or Gothic style. 99 Church Street would be a fine example (or the Setai which slightly resembles the Art Deco style).

And btw there's certainly not one city out there which wouldn't want to have a couple of those NY gems.


Alright, since all buildings listed have their own pics...


Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building, Manhattan, New York City, USA von gbatistini auf Flickr

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Empire State Building

midtown manhattan at night, nyc von andrew c mace auf Flickr



Manhattan Skyline, New York City von IanReesArt auf Flickr
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Yeah my vote goes to Rockefeller Center.
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Choosing between the Empire State and Chrysler is like choosing between my left or right testicle, so I put those two buildings aside, and picked 570 Lexington.
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1) Chrysler Building (1930 - William Van Alen)

Art Deco story, sheer height, fame, glory, and its eponymous nature with "Art Deco". There is not one ounce of the building that is not Deco. Andy Warhol summed up the skyscraper's essence: "It looks like money."


Chrysler Building Art Deco by longdistancehiker, on Flickr


Chrysler Building 42 St Entrance by joseph a, on Flickr


The Chrysler Building Elevator by navema, on Flickr

2) One Wall Street (1932 - Ralph Parker)

This may be my favorite building in Lower Manhattan. Elegant lines, well-placed setbacks, the banking room!, and who can leave out the crown and top floor penthouse office? Someone post a pic of that baby if you can find one.


No. 1 Wall Street and Trinity Church by Canadian Pacific, on Flickr

3) Fuller Building (1929 - Walker & Gillette)

mmm...black granite base! THAT is as Deco as it gets. Lots of right angles and squares, international style windows, mosaics, 2-D brinze paneled elevators that tell the story of construction (Fuller Company)...the epitome of NY Deco here!


Fuller Building, New York by dct66, on Flickr


The Fuller Building - 41 East 57th Street, New York, NY by Anomalous_A, on Flickr


Other

Fred F. French Building!!! (1927 - Fred F. French Co., H. Douglas Ives, and Sloan & Robertson)

How can this be missing from the list???? OMG this thing is DECO DECO DECO.


NYC - Midtown: Fred R French Building by wallyg, on Flickr


Fred French Bldg by NewYorkDailyPhoto.com, on Flickr

Barclay Vesey Building!!! (1926 - Ralph Walker)

Uh, guys...this is one of the most deco buildings in the city...again not on the list


Barclay-Vesey Building detail by epicharmus, on Flickr


Verizon Building (Barclay-Vesey Building) by christiNYCa, on Flickr

Daily News Building (220 E 42nd St) (1930 - Raymond Hood and John Mead Howells)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daily_News_Building


New York 2009 - Daily News Building by Jorbasa, on Flickr


NYC: Daily News Building by wallyg, on Flickr

120 Wall Street (1930 - Ely Jaques Kahn)

http://www.silversteinproperties.com...20-wall-street


120 Wall Street by DavoPic, on Flickr

And lastly, a book of mine with the most Art Deco looking cover...two high beams shining up on the Rockefeller Center in B&W!



Honorable Mentions

The Brill Building (1931 - Victor Bark, Jr.)


NYC – The Brill Building by Peter Denton, on Flickr

Waldorf Astoria (1931 - Schutze & Weaver)

I have had the pleasure of staying here a few times...room on 17th floor overlooking St. Bart's and the GE Building


Waldorf Astoria by cjacobs53, on Flickr


The Waldorf Astoria by gbfisherjr, on Flickr


Waldorf Astoria Exterior by lovetravel1, on Flickr

GE Building (1931 - Cross & Cross)


General Electric Building, New York by dct66, on Flickr

American International Building/City Services Building (1932 - Clinton & Russell)


American International by 12th St David, on Flickr


American International Building by Sarmale / O., on Flickr

Metlife North Building (1932 - Harvey Wiley Corbett and D. Everett Waid)


Met Life Insurance, North Building by alex.lines, on Flickr

Major contrast here -


Looking up in Madison Square Park - New York City by BostonCityWalk, on Flickr

Of course I love the Rock, Radiator Building, One Fifth Ave, and just about anything that is Deco/modern classicism.
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Oh dear, do I have to pick? I love so many of them!
I love Chrysler, I love Empire State, I was a guest at the New Yorker Hotel, so I love it too!
I love Waldorf..I could go on!
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Love the Chrysler, but American Radiator a close 2nd.
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I don't know, I've always loved the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, so I voted for that.
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I chose the Chrysler Building because its so slender and the right size. Never really liked the Empire State Building tall, bland limestone boxes. 70 Pine is so much better than Empire.

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My favorite deco skyscraper is actually in Cincinnati. In New York, it's the Chrysler Bldg.
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Is this really Art Deco?
It looks more like it was built in the Beaux-Arts style since the detail appears classical with the columns, entablatures, dentil molding, etc.
Art Deco is hard to define but if this building was Art Deco I would expect there to be stylized or modernized ornament rather than direct copies of the classical orders.
(I know the your post is a bit old but its still on the current page).
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Should have also included the Barclay-Vesey Building, it has such a unique angle feature.


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The ESB and Chrysler were and will always be the king and queen of the NY skyline. It's how I always characterized them.
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Is this really Art Deco?
It looks more like it was built in the Beaux-Arts style since the detail appears classical with the columns, entablatures, dentil molding, etc.
Art Deco is hard to define but if this building was Art Deco I would expect there to be stylized or modernized ornament rather than direct copies of the classical orders.
(I know the your post is a bit old but its still on the current page).
Yeah - Helmsley is beautiful, but not Art Deco
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