Irwin Chanin

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Irwin Salmon Chanin (29 October 1891 – 24 February 1988) was a Jewish American architect and real estate developer, best known for designing several Art Deco towers and Broadway theaters. He was President of Chanin Theatres Corporation, and his brother Henry I. Chanin was Treasurer.

Notable buildings include the Chanin Building, Richard Rodgers Theatre, The Century, and a twin-towered housing cooperative skyscraper named 'The Majestic'.

Chanin graduated from Cooper Union in 1915, and in 1981, it renamed its school of architecture after him.[1]

Chanin was also known for starting the "Green Acres" section of Valley Stream, NY, which he never finished after World War II, only completing the "Old section" in the 1930s.


  1. ^ David W. Dunlap (February 26, 1988). "Irwin Chanin, Builder of Theaters And Art Deco Towers, Dies at 96 (Obituary)". The New York Times. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 

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