Architecture Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes:

The midsection of the General Electric Building, a 50-story Deco/Gothic skyscraper built in 1931 and designed by the Beaux Arts-educated John W. Cross. It’s in Manhattan, at Lexington Ave. and 51st St.

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4 Responses to Architecture Du Jour

  1. Will S. says:

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog and commented:
    Gorgeous, indeed!

    I also like Buffalo’s General Electric Tower, which I got to see last summer on a trip there.

    They knew how to make beautiful buildings back then…

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  2. Steve Sailer says:

    I sometimes wonder what late 1930s American architecture would have looked like if it had been built. I guess there’s some in oil rich Tulsa and in Hollywood movies.

    In golf course architecture there are a few late 1930s golf courses in Tulsa and in Canada that are pretty interesting as transitions between the 1920s golden age of gold design and the post WWII modernist courses. By the time golf course building gets started again at the end of the 1940s at Peachtree outside of Atlanta, a collaboration between golfer Bobby Jones and designer Robert Trent Jones, tastefully restrained modernism is the dominant style and stays that way until Pete Dye starts introducing postmodern Scottish-throwback motifs in the late 1960s.

    In golf architecture there hasn’t been been a revival of modernist styles the way there has been in building architecture. The more Scottish and eccentric the better remains the dominant style in high end golf design, to the extent that there are any new golf courses being built. In Palm Springs, where steel and glass architecture is all the rage once again, however, there is one new golf course, Escena, that appears to have been designed to look like it fits with its steel and glass Rat Pack Modernist clubhouse, but that’s an interesting anomaly.

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  3. slumlord. says:

    Just wondering whether being trained in the Beux Arts tradition gave the the architect a better aesthetic sense. Would modernism have been better if all the architects had to go through Beux Arts training?

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  4. Fenster says:

    nicest midsection i have seen on this blog other than the ones in the tumblr site.

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