Film Center Building

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Film Center Building
Film Center Building.jpg
Film Center Building is located in New York City
Film Center Building
Film Center Building is located in New York
Film Center Building
Film Center Building is located in the United States
Film Center Building
Location630 Ninth Avenue
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°45′35.25″N 73°59′29.68″W / 40.7597917°N 73.9915778°W / 40.7597917; -73.9915778Coordinates: 40°45′35.25″N 73°59′29.68″W / 40.7597917°N 73.9915778°W / 40.7597917; -73.9915778
ArchitectEly Jacques Kahn
Architectural styleArt Deco
NRHP reference #84002768[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 7, 1984
Designated NYCLNovember 9, 1982

The Film Center Building is a 13-story office building catering to businesses involved in film, theatre, music and audio production and exploitation. It is located at 630 Ninth Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets in the Hell's Kitchen or "Clinton" neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1928–29 and was designed in Art Deco style by Ely Jacques Kahn of the firm of Buchman & Kahn.[2][3] The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.


The lobby

The Film Center's first-floor interior, highlighted by Kahn's "highly individualistic version of the Art Deco style",[4] which shows pre-Columbian influences,[2] was designated a New York City landmark in 1982.[4]

According to the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission's designation report:

All the various elements of Kahn's unique approach to modernistic design were brought to bear on the Film Center Building's interior. Its walls and ceilings are handsomely worked in the plaster tapestry effect, and the polychromatic and decorative schemes are broad enough to include mosaics, elevator doors, the directory board, vent grilles, staircase risers, and elaborate, purely ornamental, three-dimensional motifs of abstract cylinders and stylized movie cameras. The overall effect is one of Kahn's most striking interior designs.[4]

Of particular interest is the polychromatic elevator lobby mosaic.[2][3]



  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (2009), Postal, Matthew A. (ed.), Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1, p.91
  3. ^ a b White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000), AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.), New York: Three Rivers Press, ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5, p.247
  4. ^ a b c Robins, Anthony W. (ed.) "Film Center Building Designation Report", New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (November 9, 1982)

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