Originally American Radiator Building. 1924. Hood & Fouilhoux. Addtion 1937, Andre Fouilhoux. Hotel Conversion, 2000. William Tabler and David Chipperfield.
The centerpiece in a row of Renaissance club facades is designer Hood's black brick and gold terra-cotta, Gothic-inspired tower. The first-floor facade, of bronze and polished black granite, and the black marble and mirror-clad lobby are worth a close look.
Poetic and artistic allusions include Georgia O'Keeffe's Radiator Building-Night, New York and in words (Architecture Magazine, 1925): "the black...suggesting a huge coal pile, and the gold and yellow of its high points the glow of flames of an unbanked fire." Wow!
Not to be outdone, famed renderer Hugh Ferriss declaimed in 1929: "It has probably provoked more arguments among laymen on the subject of architectural values than any other structure in the country."
Now a boutique hotel.
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