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GE Building

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York City NY United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1931
  Finished1933
Floor Count70
Floor Area195,095 m²
Building Uses
 - office
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - art deco
Materials
 - limestone
 - aluminium
 - granite

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof852 ftCTBUH
850 feet

Description
Companies:
- Architect: Associated Architects
- Major Tenants: General Electric
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Facts & Description:

- Three closely related companies are associated with this building- General Electric (GE), Radio Corporation of America (RCA), and National Broadcasting Company (NBC).

- RCA was founded jointly by GE and Westinghouse. NBC was founded jointly by GE, RCA, and Westinghouse. RCA later bought up full ownership of NBC. GE later bought up full ownership of RCA. At that point, it replaced the letters "RCA" on top of the building with "GE".

- When constructed, Rockefeller hired muralist Diego Rivera to paint a mural in the lobby of the building. This mural was later destroyed before it was even completed when Rockefeller found out that Rivera had included a portrait of communist leader Lenin in it.

- Located on top of the building is the Rainbow Room, a restaurant.

- Used in the movie "Mr. Deeds".

- Observation deck (dubbed "Top of the Rock") reopened for public on November 1, 2005 after a $75 million renovation.

- 30 Rockefeller Plaza is the centerpiece to the world famous Rockefeller Center.

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