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From Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein:

[Ely Jacques] Kahn was soon outdone by the gorgeous interiors, including elevators of inlaid wood veneer in geometrical patterns, and the spectacular dome of William Van Alen’s Chrysler building (1928-1930), whose sunburst effect continues to light up the New York skyline. It was followed by the more spare and severe Empire State Building (1930-1931) and the ensemble of Rockefeller Center, with its richly appointed Radio City Music Hall. But these are only the best known of several hundred Deco buildings constructed in New York alone between 1927 and 1932.

Photo of Rockefeller Center and Radio City by anto XIII.

From Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein:

[Ely Jacques] Kahn was soon outdone by the gorgeous interiors, including elevators of inlaid wood veneer in geometrical patterns, and the spectacular dome of William Van Alen’s Chrysler building (1928-1930), whose sunburst effect continues to light up the New York skyline. It was followed by the more spare and severe Empire State Building (1930-1931) and the ensemble of Rockefeller Center, with its richly appointed Radio City Music Hall. But these are only the best known of several hundred Deco buildings constructed in New York alone between 1927 and 1932.

Photo of Rockefeller Center and Radio City by anto XIII.

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From Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein:

If the furnishings and interiors of the Paris expo affected American designers, the pavilions themselves, though soon to be torn down, had just as great an influence on American’s commercial architects. Ely Jacques Kahn, a pioneer Deco architect, was deeply impressed by what he encountered in Paris and soon began applying it to commissions in New York, including in 1927 his best-known building, at 2 Park Avenue, marked by richly colored terra-cotta panels on its exterior and by a lavishly decorated lobby that included a mosaic ceiling, marble walls, bronze and glass revolving doors, ornate lighting, and bronze elevator doors decorated with bas relief designs.

Illustration: Book cover featuring 2 Park Avenue.
For a short bio of Kahn, see Wikipedia.
Also, trivia point: “In what has become an iconic photograph, Kahn masqueraded as his own Squibb Building with other architects dressed as buildings for the Beaux Arts Ball of 1931.”

From Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein:

If the furnishings and interiors of the Paris expo affected American designers, the pavilions themselves, though soon to be torn down, had just as great an influence on American’s commercial architects. Ely Jacques Kahn, a pioneer Deco architect, was deeply impressed by what he encountered in Paris and soon began applying it to commissions in New York, including in 1927 his best-known building, at 2 Park Avenue, marked by richly colored terra-cotta panels on its exterior and by a lavishly decorated lobby that included a mosaic ceiling, marble walls, bronze and glass revolving doors, ornate lighting, and bronze elevator doors decorated with bas relief designs.

Illustration: Book cover featuring 2 Park Avenue.

For a short bio of Kahn, see Wikipedia.

Also, trivia point: “In what has become an iconic photograph, Kahn masqueraded as his own Squibb Building with other architects dressed as buildings for the Beaux Arts Ball of 1931.”

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