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′26.5″N 73°59′30″W / 40.757361°N 73.99167°W / 40.757361; -73.99167Coordinates: 40°45′26.5″N 73°59′30″W / 40.757361°N 73.99167°W / 40.757361; -73.99167
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]

The McGraw Hill Building at 330 West 42nd Street is a building 33 stories and 485 feet (148 m) high, located in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan, New York City. It was completed in 1931 and designed by Raymond Hood. The second building named after McGraw Hill in New York City, it replaces the function of the original McGraw-Hill building at 469 Tenth Avenue. 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 one in the city displayed the influential International Style exhibition in 1932, and as such, it has also been cited as a landmark of Art Deco design.

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

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

This address was 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.