330 West 42nd Street

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McGraw Hill Building
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Location 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York[1][2]
Coordinates 40°45′26″N 73°59′28″W / 40.75722°N 73.99111°W / 40.75722; -73.99111Coordinates: 40°45′26″N 73°59′28″W / 40.75722°N 73.99111°W / 40.75722; -73.99111
Built 1931 (1931)
Architect Raymond Hood[3]
Architectural style International Style, Art Deco, Art Moderne[4]
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80002701
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 28, 1980[1]
Designated NHL June 29, 1989[5]

330 West 42nd Street is also known as the McGraw Hill Building. The original McGraw-Hill building was located at 469 Tenth Avenue. This second McGraw-Hill building, on 42nd Street (33 stories, 485 ft / 148 m) was completed in 1931, the same year as the completion of the Empire State Building. The architect was Raymond Hood. The exterior walls of the building are panels of blue-green terra-cotta ceramic tiles, alternating with green-metal-framed windows, with a strongly horizontal orientation. The building was the only New York building shown in the influential International Style exhibition in 1932, and it's also been cited as a landmark of Art Deco design.

Located on West 42nd Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, one of the two blocks that also houses the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the McGraw-Hill Building had been the tallest building in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood for decades. It lost that status with the building of One Worldwide Plaza. It is still visible from a distance, but is dwarfed by the newly constructed Orion Building on the same block, a 58-story tall residential complex, also with a green exterior.

The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.[5][4]

This address was also given by Jack Kirby in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941) as the mailing address to which fans could write to the titular character, as the offices of Timely Comics, which later became Marvel Comics, were located in the building.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ AIA Guide to New York City, 4th edition, page 254
  3. ^ McGraw Hill Building, National Historic Landmarks, Accessed October 30, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Pitts, Carolyn. (1989-02-09) National Register of Historic Places Registration: McGraw Hill Building, National Park Service and Accompanying 8 photos, exterior and interior, from 1984.
  5. ^ a b "McGraw Hill Building". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-15.