|Soaring and very minimalist for the times.|
|Rockefeller Center is a suite of buildings that form an|
outdoor living room for New York City.
|The least possible amount of decoration....|
|...executed in the simplest manner.|
|Public art is as critical to the success of Rock Center as the architecture.|
|The main plaza is the beating heart |
of New York both day and night.
Rockefeller Center is, simultaneously, New York's living room, back yard, and symbolic heart. It cannot be duplicated (they tried and failed with the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco) because it is uniquely, unambiguously of New York. In all its late art deco splendor.
Rockefeller Center was designed by a team of architects, but the heavy lifting, by all accounts, was done by Raymond Hood. Numerous artists and interior designers were responsible for the period details, not least of whom were Donald Desky (Radio City Music Hall) and Elena Bachman Schmidt (Rainbow Room).
All photos on iPhone by MJK.