skyscraper

A Timeless Portal


Originally designed and installed in the entrance to the executive office suite of the Chanin Building, this finely crafted pair of gates provide an excellent example of the important role metalwork played in defining the Art Deco style of New York skyscrapers and other buildings built from the mid-1920’s into the early 1940’s.
Chanin Building, Gates, Irwin Chanin, Rene Paul Chambellan, metalwork, Art Deco, skyscraper

Celebrating the Commercial Building


Ely Jacques Kahn (1884-1972), a commercial architect active throughout the 1920s and 30s, worked to define the New York aesthetic through his Art Deco skyscrapers. “The industrial structure,” he once commented, “sails merrily into experiment.” Kahn’s observation exemplified the architect’s dual pragmatism and creativity, his ability to meld a practical understanding of the architectural program with innovative form and decoration.
Ely Jacques Kahn, Hugh Ferriss, Architecture, skyscraper, drawing