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NYC - Rockefeller Center: 30 Rockefeller Plaza - Television

Television, a companion piece to Radio, was designed by Leo Friedlander and has adorned the 49th Street entrance of 30 Rockefeller Plaza since its installation in 1934. The heroic-scale Art Deco sculptures are thematically associated with the building's main tenant, NBC, with Television/i> pictorially depicting "transmission." The figures on the west pylon are dancing with their left legs lifted--an image which is being transmitted by the larger figure who looks down at her hands, framing an invisible picture. That transmission is sent to the east pylon, with the standing figure of reception presenting a small image of the dancing figures to the seated figures, representing an audience.

 

The GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, was completed in 1933 as the centerpiece of the Rockefeller Center complex. Designed by Raymond Hood and The Associated Architects, the 860-foot, 70-story Art Deco skyscraper was originally named the RCA Building for its main tenant, the Radio Corporation of America, formed in 1919 by General Electric. Today it is most famous as the headquarters and New York studios of the television network, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), also owned by GE. After RCA was reacquired (and split up) by GE in 1986, the building was renamed two years later.

 

Rockefeller Center was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1985.

 

In 2007, Rockefeller Center was ranked #56 on the AIA 150 America's Favorite Architecture list.

 

Rockefeller Center National Register #87002591 (1987)

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Taken on April 8, 2007