30 ROCK: 1933

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This amazingly clear photo shows Manhatten in all it's nightime glory! December 5, 1933. "Rockefeller Center and RCA Building from 515 Madison Avenue." This marvelous building, reaching for the sky as if erupting from the ground, combines amazing delicacy, impressive size, and a feeling it is built for the ages to admire. So much more breathtaking than today's typical glass box, although you need a view like this to really appreciate the classical lines and artful massing. A nice complement to St. Patrick's cathedral in the foreground - a true temple of commerce!
Photo by Samuel H. Gottscho.

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