General Electric Building in Midtown Manhattan

Blog, New York Cityon February 23rd, 20112 Comments

Old General Electric BuildingLast week, a friend and I were walking around after a meeting and we came across this building: the old General Electric building at 570 Lexington Avenue. I’ve passed it hundreds, if not thousands, of times, but I have never really stopped and paid attention to it before.

The building, not to be confused with the GE building at Rockefeller Center, was built in 1931 by architects Cross & Cross. It’s amazing. From the art-deco accents to the beautiful spire to the interesting hands holding what looks like a lightning bolt, the amount of detail and work that went into every inch of this building is incredible. And the interior is as impressive as the exterior, with intricate metalwork and Art Deco chandeliers. Also, the security guard was pretty cool with us stepping in and taking pictures, which is always a bonus.

(See a few detail shots behind the jump.)

Old General Electric building, detail of lamp
Old General Electric building, detail

2 Responses to “General Electric Building in Midtown Manhattan”

  1. Dave says:

    Thats sweet! I wanna check that out next time we visit… they definitely don’t make the GE buildings like that in suburban Grand Rapids…

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