Thursday Doors 25/52 25 W. 50th St, NYC

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Walking back to our place after a play late one evening this entrance with the cut-out Egyptian Motif all lit up, and clock caught my eye. The brass doors fit this style perfectly.  I love the revolving door. Though I’m always afraid I look awkward shuffling my way through them.

I dug around the Internet to glean some information about the style, and building.

Shortly after the discovery of Tutankhamen’s Tomb in the 1920’s Egyptian Art Deco and Motif’s were popular themes for Architecture in NYC. In 1930 construction began on Rockefeller Center’s 14 Art Deco buildings.

Lee Lawrie was commissioned to design the entrance to The International Building. Lee Lawrie is most famous for the statue of “Atlas” located on 5th Avenue in Rockefeller Center.


Thursday Doors 25/52  25 West 50th St NYC

A little History:
The International Building began construction in 1933 and was complete by 1935. There are 41 floors in the building 39 are above ground, and it stands 512 ft (157m) tall.

Lee Lawrie:
Lee Oscar Lawrie (October 16, 1877 – January 23, 1963[1]) was one of the United States’ foremost architectural sculptors and a key figure in the American art scene preceding World War II. Over his long career of more than 300 commissions Lawrie’s style evolved through Modern Gothic, to Beaux-Arts Classicism and finally into Moderne or Art Deco.”

In 1987 Rockefeller Center was listed on National Register of Historic Places.

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Nikon Df| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8| Delkin Digital Film| Tripod| PS CC 2015

More to come…

36 thoughts on “Thursday Doors 25/52 25 W. 50th St, NYC

  1. How interesting that the discovery of Tutankhamen’s Tomb had such an influence on architecture and design in NYC. I am mesmerized by the design above the door. Love this 😀

    1. Thank you so much Antonia! Isn’t it neat. I wish I could have found something about what each picture/sculpting means. I’m sure it tells a story, but beats me as to what that is. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Pam! I’ve been admiring doors and windows for a long time. It is great fun, and sometimes challenging. If you’re into doors or have some in your archives you’d be welcome to join Norm’s Thursday Doors! 🙂

  2. This is a beautiful photo, Deborah. I think the light is perfect, and the closed-for-business position of the chairs adds something interesting. I’ve been by this door a number of times. I may even have a photo from one of the first trips where I took our daughter to NYC. If you’re still posting photos from New York, I’m guessing I know of one other that you took about the time you took this one.

    1. Thank you Dan! Isn’t this entryway beautiful. I’d never seen a photo of it before, nor did I realize Rockefeller Center was so huge!

      I hope you post the image you’re thinking about. I don’t think I took a photo of what you’re thinking about.
      I’ll tell you though. I want to go back! I want a “redo” of several images I did take. 🙂

  3. Wow! This is stunning – and the revolving door at the bottom gives an indication of exactly high tall this is. Great find with that beautiful golden backlight!

    1. Thank you so much Joanne! I agree with you the doors do give the entryway and building a better sense of scale.
      I’m so glad the building’s lobby is lit at night. It is beautiful. I’d never seen anything like it before.

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