Fabulous examples of Art Deco thrive both indoors and outdoors at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Well known to New Yorkers and visitors alike, the entire 22 acres between Fifth and Sixth avenues between 48th and 51st streets were named a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Legacy of John D. Rockefeller Jr.
No fewer than 14 Art Deco buildings make up the large site built throughout the 1930s, leased by Rockefeller from Columbia University in 1928. When the stock market crash occurred the following year, Rockefeller changed his original plans to develop the land as a new opera house, but boldly created a complex of superior office buildings, despite New York City’s high vacancy rates.
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