Chanin Building, New York

Sloan & Robertson - Rene Chambellan
Date Built
1927 - 1929
122 E. 42nd St.
The Chanin Building is a 56 storey office building located on the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.  Its Wikipedia page says that it was, "... almost fully rented upon opening. Over the years, the upper floors have contained a movie theater, observation deck, and radio broadcast station, while the lower floors were used as offices and a bus terminal. The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1978, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980."

"The Chanin Building is clad with brick, limestone, and terracotta, as well as bronze, marble, and colored glass ornament that was custom-designed. The base of the building bears black Belgian marble around the store front windows, which are each made of plate glass. Directly above, a bronze frieze depicts scenes of evolution, ranging from simple organisms to more complex animals and plants."

"The interior design was mostly the work of Rene Paul Chambellan and Jacques Delamarre. The former specialized in architectural sculpture in numerous styles, such as the Art Deco style, while the latter worked for the Chanin Company.

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