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The 18-story Associated Press Building (Associated Architects, 1938) in foreground and the 70-story R.C.A Building (Associated Architects, 1933) at background in Rockefeller Center in 1940.

Foto: Rockefeller Center, Inc.

Source: Walter Karp, “The Center. A History and Guide to Rockefeller Center” (New York. American Heritage Publishing Company. 1982).

Night view of Rockefeller Center buildings. View looking southwest from Park Central Hotel. Early 1943.  The 41-story International Building (Associated Architects, 1935) are at left with the Chrysler Building (William Van Allen, 1930) at background. The 70-story R.C.A. Building (Associated Architects, 1933) are at center with the 32-story R.K.O. Building (Associated Architects, 1932) below it. The 58-story 500 Fifth Avenue Tower (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) are visible at far right.

Photo: Rockefeller Center, Inc.

Source: Samuel Chamberlain “Rockefeller Center. A photographic narrative”. New York. Hastings House. 1951.

The 36-story One Rockefeller Plaza (original Time & Life Building, later General Dynamics Buiding). Associated Architects, 1936-1937. View looking south from the corner of Rockefeller Plaza and 51st Street in spring 1943.

Photo: Rockefeller Center, Inc.

Source: Samuel Chamberlain “Rockefeller Center. A photographic narrative”. New York. Hastings House. 1951.

Happy birthday Isamu Noguchi! 

Noguchi was a prolific American artist best known for his sculpture and public works. Here Noguchi is pictured working on his ten-ton stainless steel relief entitled News for the Associated Press Building at the Rockefeller Center. The plaque was cast in the Boston foundry of the General Alloys Company and shipped in three sections to New York. Noguchi discusses this work, as well as his identity, practice, and other works of art, in his 1973 oral history interview conducted for the Archives of American Art. 

Read the full transcript online here: s.si.edu/2fhaASp. 

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The 16-story Associated Press Building (The Associated Architects, 1938), at Rockefeller Center. 50 Rockefeller Plaza west side between 50th to 51st Streets. View looking northwest from 49th Street in the Fall, 1943, showing the plaza and Paul Manship’s Prometheus golden statue. 

Photo: Rockefeller Center, Inc.

Source: Samuel Chamberlain “Rockefeller Center. A photographic narrative”. New York. Hastings House. 1951.