rockefeller center construction

Skyscrapers under construction on the Avenue of the Americas area, north of Rockefeller Center in Fall of 1962. View looking southeast from Park Sheraton Hotel. Buildings under construction are the New York Hilton Hotel (William B. Tabler-Harrison & Abramovitz, 1963) at left; and the 45-story Sperry Rand Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1963). The 42-story Equitable Life Assurance Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1961) are at right. Above it is the top of 70-story Rockefeller Center’s R.C.A. Building (Associated Architects, 1933).

Photo: Andreas Feininger.

Source: Andreas Feininger, Kate Simon. “New York” (New York, Viking Press, 1964).

Charles C. Ebbets     Lunch Atop a Skyscraper: Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam, the GE Building Under Construction, Rockefeller Center, New York City     1932

Construction of the 45-story Sperry Rand Building at Rockefeller Center (Emery Roth & Sons, 1963) in july of 1962. View of the building under construcción from Andreas Feininger’s office at Time & Life Building, with the Equitable Life Assurance Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1961) at left.

The Sperry Rand Building is on 1290 Avenue of the Americas .

Photo: Andreas Feininger.

Aerial view looking northwest of Midtown Manhattan in early 1963. Chrysler and Pan Am Building are in the center. Rockefeller Center’s buildings and new International Style office skyscrapers surrounding it can be visible above, left.

Photo: Fairchild Aerial Surveys.

Source: Peter Hall. “Las grandes ciudades y sus problemas”. Biblioteca para el Hombre Actual (Nueva York, McGraw-Hill, Madrid. Ed. Guadarrama, 1965).

Night view looking northwest of Midtown Manhattan form Empire State Building. Spring, 1970.

Photo: Germán Carrasco Franco.

Source: Germán Carrasco Franco, “The World is my Playground. Picture Atlas”. México-Hong Kong. Germán Carrasco Franco-The Wing Fat Printing Co., Ltd., 1985.

Construction activity for Rockefeller Center (The Associated Architects: Reinhard & Hofmeister-Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray-Raymond Hood, Godley & Fouilhoux-Edward Durrell Stone, 1931-1940), in early 1932. Foreground the steel structure of 70-story R.C.A. Building (Associated Architects, 1933) began to rises up, and the 32-story R.K.O. Building (Associated Architects, 1932) nearing completion can be seen at background, right, with steel skeletion of Radio City Music Hall (Associated Architects, 1932) under construction can be seen below it. 

Photo: Samuel H. Gottscho.

Source: Donald Albrecht. “The Mithic City. Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925-1940” (New York. Museum of the City of New York-Princeton Architectural Press. 2005).

Construction of the new Rockefeller Center’s 51-story McGraw-Hill (Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris, 1972, left), and 54-story Exxon (Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris, 1971) buildings. View looking west from Avenue of the Americas and 49th. Street. Autumn, 1970.

Photo: Unknown.

The 70-story RCA Building. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between West 49th to 50th Streets and Fifth to Avenue of the Americas. Rockefeller Center. Associated Architects (Reinhard & Hofmeister; Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray; Raymond Hood, Godley & Fouilhoux), 1931-1933. 

View looking west of the new RCA Building, at Rockefeller Center from the top of 444 Madison Avenue Building, in the Summer of 1933. The Center’s 32-story RKO Building (Associateda Architext, 1932) with Radio City Music Hall is at right.

Photo: Rockefeller Center, Inc.

Source: Alan Balfour “Rockefeller Center. Architecture as Theater” (New York. McGraw-Hill. 1978).

Aerial view of Midtown Manhattan looking south in October of 1967 showing the 50-story General Motors Building (Edward Durell Stone-Emery Roth & Sons, 1968) and behind it apperars the Pan Am Building (Emery Roth & Sons-Walter Gropius-Pietro Belluschi, 1963) and Park Avenue modern towers is on the left. The 102-story Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931), above, in the center, dominate the skyline. The Rockefeller Center and the Avenue of the Americas’ skyscraper corridor is on the right. 

Photo: Louis B. Schlivek.

Source: Rai Y. Okamoto, Frank E. Williams and Et Al. “Urban Design Manhattan. Regional Plan Association” (New York, The Viking Press, 1969).