Photographer's Note

The architecture in New York is incredibly diverse, probably more so than any other major city in the US. Even its skyscrapers, often much more utilitarian-appearing in other major metropoleis, are stunning, as this example. This is the spectacular American Radiator Building, also known as the American Standard Building, located at 40 W 40th St in Midtown. Its style slightly precedes Art Deco, which would shortly become dominant (the pre-eminent examples being the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building). This one was built in 1924 for the American Radiator Company. It's façade is dark very distinguishable, as it's nearly black, adorned with gold accents, which actually make it look something like a giant battery. It was a cold, overcast winter day when I took the photo, so I opted to go with black-and-white here, somewhat disappointingly, as the colors are usually fantastic, but they just didn't stand out on this day. The structure, conceived by architects John Howells and Raymond Hood, is actually described as "Gothic with a mix of modern style." Its elaborately decorated facade is comprised of black (apparently symbolizing coal) and gold (symbolizing fire) bricks. It was converted into the Bryant Park Hotel in approximately 2001. It's on the National Register of Historic Places, so it will hopefully retain its original appearance. It was also the subject of a Georgia O'Keefe Painting, "Radiator Building-Night, New York," painted in 1927. Admittedly, it's kind of hard to miss in the New York City skyline, definitely standing out from its nearest neighbors.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1159] (2064)
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