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General Electric Building, New York City

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The General Electric Building, also known as 570 Lexington Avenue, is a historic 50-floor, 640ft-tall, skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, United States, at the southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and 51st Street). Originally known as the RCA Victor Building when designed in 1931 by John W. Cross of Cross & Cross, it is sometimes known by its address to avoid confusion with the much later renaming, in 1988, of the RCA Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza as the 'GE Building', itself later renamed 'Comcast Building'.The building backs up to the low Byzantine dome of St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue and shares the same brick color. It is a 50-floor stylized Gothic tower, with elaborate Art Deco decoration of lightning bolts showing the power of electricity. The base contains elaboratem masonry, architectural figural sculpture, and on the corner above the main entrance, a corner clock with the cursive GE logo and a pair of silver disembodied forearms. The crown of the building is an example of Gothic tracery, which is intended to represent electricity and radio waves, and is lit from within at night.
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  • The GE Building is the center of the Rockefeller Center, and the views of the building from 5th Avenue are superb. The artwork inside and out, inspired by Greek Mythology, are also impressive, includi...  more »
  • General Electric Building is huge tall sky skipper building from NYC. Built very beautifully. As tourist you are not allowed to go inside.  more »
  • This building was right next to our hotel The Waldorf, we were peering in and somebody coming out said go in and have a proper look, so we did and the lobby is just breathtaking so glad we got to take...  more »