Rockefeller Center


Rockefeller Center
a group of 19 buildings in Manhattan(1), New York, used for offices and various kinds of entertainment. They were mostly built between 1931 and 1939, in the art deco style, by John D Rockefeller Junior, on land owned by Columbia University. The buildings are connected by underground passages containing shops. They include Radio City Music Hall and the central General Electric Building (former RCA Building) which contains the offices of NBC. The center is also famous for its Christmas tree and lights that are put up each year, as well as its outdoor winter ice-skating rink.

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Complex of 14 limestone skyscrapers set amid a series of outdoor spaces on a 12-acre (5-hectare) site, built between 1929 and 1940 in midtown Manhattan.

It was designed by a team of architects headed by Henry Hofmeister, H. W. Corbett, Raymond Hood, and Wallace K. Harrison. Wood veneering, mural painting, mosaics, sculpture, metalwork, and other allied arts were integrated with the architecture. Radio City Music Hall (1932) is noted for its Art Deco interior.

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▪ architectural complex, New York City, New York, United States
 a 12-acre (5-hectare) complex of 14 limestone buildings in midtown Manhattan in New York City, designed by a team of architects headed by Henry Hofmeister, H.W. Corbett, and Raymond Hood. The group of skyscrapers was built between 1929 and 1940.

      Wood veneering, mural painting, mosaics, sculpture, metalwork, and other allied arts were integrated with the architecture as it was being planned and executed. Although much criticized in its early days, Rockefeller Center has since served as a model for other such urban developments. It is a focal point of tourism, particularly in winter when it is home to an ice-skating rink (first installed 1936) in its sunken plaza, which includes the famous Prometheus Fountain statue (1934) designed by Paul Manship (Manship, Paul) and a large Christmas tree (first installed 1933).

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