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American Radiator Building

40 West 40th Street, Garment District Manhattan
New York City NY United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1923
  Finished1924
Floor Count23
Building Uses
 - hotel
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - art deco
 - neo-gothic
Materials
 - masonry
 - glass
 - gold
 - brick
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof338 ftCTBUH
Top floor305 ft

Description
• Architect: Hood & Howells.

• Others: David Chipperfield Architects, Hay Foundry & Iron Works, Hegeman-Harris Co., Philips International Holding Corporation, Weiskopf & Pickworth LLP, Severud Associates.
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• First finished art-deco skyscraper.
• First building in New York City which gained official landmark status.

• The building won the Chicago's Tribune Tower competition at 1st & 2nd place designs, to create a sculptural tower of Raymond Hood's gothic detailing with the Eliel Saarinen's art deco streamlines running-up, which in black would minimize the visual interruption of windows.

• American Radiator's image is reversed at night when glowing windows burn in the dark facade and the crown is lit up.

• A similar design was reinterpreted in Frankfurt at the end of the century with Main Plaza building.

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