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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 General Electric Building built in 1931 by the architects Cross & Cross in Manhattan is referred to as 570 Lexington, in order not to confuse it with the GE Building present in the Rockefeller complex. Both were owned by RCA and then bought out by GE. My pictures and my review about this of that jewel d├ęco on Lexington. I can't help but stop and stare at it and photograph it every time I'm there to take the subway. It is not possible to visit it inside I recommend giving close attention to external decorations and bring a telephoto lens to better see the details at the top not easily decipherable to the naked eye.
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  • The centre piece of Rockefeller Center is this slim 70 storey limestone tower that has gradual setbacks as it rises that gives it a real elegant look that is typical of the 1930's. If you visit Rockef...  more »
  • A very classic Art Deco scraper in Rockefeller Center. This building is extremely tall, 872 feet, however I found it rather old and unkept. Worth a look if you're in the area, but doesn't compare to t...  more »

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