After a very successful Guided Tour led by Twissis, The Sisters of The Travelling Pans had arranged their second day of touring New York City.
Today will focus on the Art Deco architecture of this magnificent city. Art Deco architecture wasn't reserved for just high profile buildings; it proliferated throughout all five boroughs, making New York "the best city to explore the splendor" of the style. While we will see some of the easily recognizable structures we will also be introduced to some of the lesser known buildings of the period.
Tour Type – Luxury Tour Bus retained from yesterdays trip
Tour Itinerary – Per attached brochure
Tour Date – August 29, 2016
Departure – 9 am from #1 Wall Street shown in the tour brochure below
Tour End – The Sisters will be taken by the coach from the last Art Deco stop at Ridgewood Savings bank to Yankee Stadium where they will see a baseball game at Yankee Stadium
Cost per person - $120 which includes tickets to the ball game. A light lunch will be provided mid-day.
~Tour Brochure~ Prior to embarking on the bus we will visit One Wall Street.
One Wall Street (originally the Irving Trust Company Building, then the Bank Of New York Building after 1988, and now known as the BNY Mellon Building since 2007), is an Art Deco -style skyscraper in Lower Manhattan, New York city. It is located in Manhattan's Financial Districton the corner of Wall Street and Broadway.
Designed by Ralph Walker, the building was originally built for the Irving Trust Company. It has a steel skeleton whose facade is covered in Limestone. Because of the curves in the wall, the bank does not completely occupy its full building lot, and by law the unoccupied and unmarked land reverts to the public, but for a number of small markers embedded in the sidewalk asserting the limits of the building's lot. It counts fifty stories and is 654 feet (199 meters) tall, and measures 1,165,659 rentable square feet.The Wall Street entrance leads into a two-story banking hall whose ceiling is decorated with red and gold mosaics designed by Hildreth Meiere, comparable to the mosaics in the Golden Hall of Stockholm City Hall, and manufactured by the same company, the Ravenna Mosiac Company.
A short bus ride will take us to our next destination at 29 Broadway.
The building was finished in 1931 and was built by Sloan & Robertson. The design and ornament of 29 Broadway may not be as bold as some other buildings, but they are no less pleasing and handsome. The structure’s slenderness is just part of its soaring quality, thanks to the smooth cream surface; a vertical band of narrow windows up the middle above the entrance, flanked to the left by alternating horizontal black bands of windows; and a series of dramatic setbacks at the top. The exterior has floral and geometric patterned screens, carved trim, and a beautifully sculpted entrance. The exterior vestibule on Broadway especially mesmerizes, with marble in an alternate pattern of horizontal and vertical lines; silver metal trimming; and a dazzling mosaic ceiling. Art Deco detail abound.
The instantly recognizable Chrysler Building is our next stop.
The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco-style skyscraperlocated on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighborhood. At 1,046 feet (319 m), the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. The Chrysler Building was designed by architect William Van Alen for a project of Walter P. Chrysler. When the ground breaking occurred on September 19, 1928, there was an intense competition in New York City to build the world's tallest skyscraper. Despite a frantic pace (the building was built at an average rate of four floors per week), no workers died during the construction of this skyscraper.
Van Alen's original design for the skyscraper called for a decorative jewel-like glass crown. It also featured a base in which the showroom windows were tripled in height and topped by 12 stories with glass-wrapped corners, creating an impression that the tower appeared physically and visually light as if floating in mid-air. The height of the skyscraper was also originally designed to be 246 meters (807 ft). but it was eventually revised to be 282 m (925 ft) tall. As Walter Chrysler was the chairman of the Chrysler Corporation and intended to make the building into Chrysler's headquarters, various architectural details and especially the building's gargoyles were modeled after Chrysler automobile products like the hood ornaments of the Plymouth; they exemplify the machine age in the 1920s
Our fourth stop will be the Hotel Waldorf Astoria.
An icon of glamour and luxury, the current Waldorf Astoria is one of the world's most prestigious and best known hotels. The Hotel Grew Out of a Family Feud
No one would have guessed back in the 1890s that two rich, feuding cousins would have created one of the most lasting names in the hotel business. In the 1920s, the decision was made to move uptown and the land was sold to the developers of the Empire State Building. The brand-new Waldorf Astoria hotel opened on October 1, 1931 and immediately made history — it was the largest and tallest hotel in the world at the time. It spans an entire city block on Park and Lexington Avenue between 49th and 50th streets
Just prior to moving on to the Radio City Music Hall a light lunch will be provided.
When the stock market crashed in 1929, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. held a $91 million, 24-year lease on a piece of midtown Manhattan property properly known as "the speakeasy belt." Rockefeller made a bold decision that would leave a lasting impact on the city's architectural and cultural landscape. He decided to build an entire complex of buildings on the property-buildings so superior that they would attract commercial tenants even in a depressed city flooded with vacant rental space. The project would express the highest ideals of architecture and design and stand as a symbol of optimism and hope.The search for a commercial partner led to the Radio Corporation of America, a young company whose NBC radio programs were attracting huge audiences and whose RKO studios were producing and distributing popular motion pictures that offered welcome diversion in hard times. Rockefeller's financial power and RCA's media might were joined by the unusual talents of impresario S.L. "Roxy" Rothafel.. Together Rockefeller, RCA and Roxy realized a fantastic dream - a theatre unlike any in the world, and the first completed project within the complex that RCA head David Sarnoff dubbed "Radio City." Radio City Music Hall was to be a palace for the people. A place of beauty offering high-quality entertainment at prices ordinary people could afford. It was intended to entertain and amuse, but also to elevate and inspire.
Back to the coach for a short rid to the building called ‘The Century’ located at 25 Century Park West.
the Century is a 1931 Art Deco apartment building ocated at Central Park West and 63rd Street in Manhattan. It was constructed at a cost of $6.5 million and designed by the firm of Irwin S. Chanin. Architecturally, it is cast in the Art Deco style, which causes it stand out from many of its neighbors, which are designed in the Beaux-Arts style. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a contibuting propery to the Central Park West Historic District, in 1982. The building, also part of a local historic district, is one of the three tallest structures within the boundaries of the district.
Our next stop is a bit further afield allowing one to view the city in comfort. The Rego Park Jewish Center was built in 1948 by Frank Grad & Sons, the Rego Park Jewish Center and Synagogue is a great example of Streamline Moderne, a later type of Art Deco. The relatively plain facade features a brightly-colored kaleidoscopic mural by Hungarian-born artist A. Raymond Katz
A small distance away lies the first branch of the Ridgewood Savings Bank.
[size=100]D[/size]esignated a city landmark, highlights how the Art Deco style "appropriated different classical motifs and simplifies their decorative embellishments into clean, geometric forms," according to the Art Deco Society. The building takes, for example, the Neo-Classical column and flattens it into a simplified shape. The building was designed by Halsey, McCormack and Helmer and complete in 1940.
The last of the building on our tour is the unique Fish Building.
The Fish Building, located at 1150 Grand Concourse, acquired its nickname decades ago as a result of the aquatic murals on its facade. The building was designed by Horace Ginsbern, who designed other pree-war gems in the Bronx in the Art Deco style and was constructed in 1937. Even more impressive than its facade, is its lobby. The lobby contains a red, green, and gold terrazzo floor, two murals by Rene and CP Graves, stained glass windows, and even beautifully ornamented walls and elevator doors.
This concludes our Art Deco Tour and we The Sisters of The Travelling Pan hope you have enjoyed some different facets of our great city and that you enjoy watching our Yankees win tonight.