Winged chariots and lions on West 30th Street

Not too many Manhattan buildings feature terra cotta panels and friezes inspired by ancient Assyrian art.


Then there’s 130 West 30th Street. Constructed in 1927 as the SJM building (that’s for Solomon Manne, who made a fortune in the fur business), it was renamed in 2003 after going co-op in honor of its architect, Cass Gilbert.

Gilbert is the man behind many great early 20th century New York City landmarks, from the Woolworth Building downtown to the New York Life skyscraper near Madison Square Park.


The 20-story Cass Gilbert Building is no Garment District slouch. It has 45 luxury loft apartments, not to mention these triumphant, exotic panels above the entrance. Take a tour of the penthouse here.

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2 Responses to “Winged chariots and lions on West 30th Street”

  1. Gabacho Says:

    DANG!! I was in NYC last fall and was within half a block of these panels (walked down 7th Ave. from Penn Station to a, ahem, bar on W. 18th). Would have made the detour to see them if I had known. Was also at Madison Square, and didn’t know the gargoyles were there.

    Good work on this site! I’ve especially enjoyed the lions and beavers and subway mosaics.

    Mark in California

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks! Next time you’re in NYC you must check these all out. So much great art hiding in plain sight here.

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