Chanin Building

sights / Architecture

Chanin Building information

New York City , USA
Street 122 E 42nd St at Lexington Ave, Midtown East
Getting there
subway S, 4/5/6, 7 to Grand Central-42nd St
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Beloved art deco took hold in the 1930s, as architects turned away from history, creating unique buildings, configured with setbacks, required by new zoning laws, and decorated with original ornament. The Chanin Building , 1929, by Sloan and Robertson, took the lead with its wedding-cake silhouette, exterior decoration of exotic plant forms and sea life, and singular lobby.