General Electric Building

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This article is about the 1931 building at 570 Lexington Avenue. For the 1933 building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, now known as the Comcast Building, see 30 Rockefeller Plaza. For buildings outside of New York City, see General Electric Building (disambiguation).
General Electric Building
General Electric Building 570 Lexington.jpg
General Electric Building
General Electric Building is located in New York City
General Electric Building
Location 570 Lexington Ave., New York, New York
Coordinates 40°45′26″N 73°58′20″W / 40.75722°N 73.97222°W / 40.75722; -73.97222Coordinates: 40°45′26″N 73°58′20″W / 40.75722°N 73.97222°W / 40.75722; -73.97222
Area less than one acre
Built 1931
Architect Cross & Cross (Cross, John Walter; Cross, Eliot)
Architectural style Art Deco
NRHP Reference # 03001515[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 28, 2004
Designated NYCL July 9, 1985

The General Electric Building, also known as 570 Lexington Avenue, is a historic 50-floor, 640-foot (200 m)-tall, skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, United States, at the southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and 51st Street).[2] Originally known as the RCA Victor Building when designed in 1931 by John W. Cross of Cross & Cross, and sometimes known by its address to avoid confusion with the much later renaming, (1988), of the RCA Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza as the 'GE Building'.

It backs up to the low Byzantine dome of St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue and shares the same salmon brick color. But from Lexington, the building is an insistently tall 50-floor stylized Gothic tower with its own identity, a classic Art Deco visual statement of suggested power through elaborate Art Deco decoration with lightening bolts showing the power of electricity. The base contains elaborate, generous masonry, architectural figural sculpture, and on the corner above the main entrance, a conspicuous corner clock with the curvy GE logo and a pair of silver disembodied forearms. The crown of the building is a dynamic-looking burst of Gothic tracery, which is supposed to represent electricity and radio waves, and is lit from within at night.


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  1. ^ Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "570 Lexington Avenue". Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
Further reading
  • Dirk Stichweh: New York Skyscrapers. Prestel Publishing, Munich 2009, ISBN 3-7913-4054-9

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