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Manhattan Art Deco

Chanin Building, Lexington Ave / 42nd Street.

 

Obviously I've enhanced this; especially, I've boosted contrast to bring out the superb low-relief. To appreciate it, look at the large size.

 

Note too the dazzling bronze-copper work around the lower rim.

 

Odd isn't it, that while the mezzanine windows are in full Palazzo style, the floor above, even though extravagently decorated, has simple Federal-modern casements.

 

All in all though, the amount of thought and coordination that went into this facade, not to mention money, is almost at a Roman Empire level.

 

Here's a rather good website on Mahattan architecture

www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID019.htm

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Taken on June 15, 2007