A 42nd Street skyscraper’s leaf motif

This lovely band of leaflike curves is part of the lower facade of the Chanin Building, a 56-story office tower on Lexington and 42nd Street.

It’s a little bit of Art Deco across from the Beaux-Arts Grand Central Terminal, which was built just a decade and a half earlier but feels like it’s from an entirely different era.

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6 Responses to “A 42nd Street skyscraper’s leaf motif”

  1. Joe R Says:

    Go inside the lobby and check out the beautiful metal work on the elevator doors and radiator grilles.

  2. joy Says:

    I’m behind in all my blog reading, but @Joe R is totally correct – the inside is just as beautiful as the outside. LOVE the Chanin Building. One of my faves in town.

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    […] the Chanin Building, an Art Deco skyscraper on 42nd Street, the woman is gazing at […]

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    […] By 1939, when this photo was taken, the flagpole-sitting fad was over, and Kelly was reduced to doing gimmicks for events such as National Donut Dunking Week—which is the reason he’s upside-down on the roof of the Chanin Building on East 42nd Street. […]

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    […] doesn’t sound too thrilling, except that he performed this act on the edge of the roof of the Chanin Building, the 56-story Art Deco skyscraper on East 42nd Street opened in […]

  6. Lynne Says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Don’t see much of that or of any of your blog items here in Wichita, KS. I LOVE NEW YORK!

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