32 Avenue of the Americas Building

32 Avenue Of The Americas Building
  1. About the 32 Avenue of the Americas Building in New York
    1. Building Catalogations
  2. 32 Avenue of the Americas Building's architect and team
  3. 32 Avenue of the Americas Building's architectureal style
  4. 32 Avenue of the Americas Building's spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials of the 32 Avenue of the Americas Building

The 32 Avenue of the Americas Building is an Art-deco skyscraper designed by Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker and built between 1929 and 1932 in New York, NY.

32 Avenue of the Americas Building is not the only name you might know this building by though. It is common for companies to want to attach their names to iconic buildings when they move in, or for the general public to come up with nicknames, and this one is no exception. The 32 Avenue of the Americas Building is also known, or has been known as, AT&T Long Lines Building, AT&T Building, or 32 Sixth Avenue.

Its precise street address is 32 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY. You can also find it on the map here.

The 32 Avenue of the Americas Building is a structure of significant importance both for the city of New York and the United States as a nation. The building embodies the distinctive characteristic features of the time in which it was built and the Art Deco style. Because of that, the 32 Avenue of the Americas Building was officially declared as a national landmark on October 1st 1991.

The building underwent a major restoration between 2001 and 2001. The architect commissioned to undertake this restoration was Fox & Fowle Architects .

Building's timeline

Construction begins
1929
95
Construction completed
1932
92
Declared NL
1991
33
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Restoration
2001
23
years ago
2024
  1. 2001 to 2001 - a complete renovation added new mechanical and communications infrastructure. The architect in charge was Fox & Fowle Architects .

Architect and team

Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design.

Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker was in charge of the architectural design, however, architecture is a complex discipline, which usually involves many professionals from different fields, without whom this building would have not been possible. We will surely be leaving out a lot of names here, but at the very least we know that there was one other part involved, that was Hildreth Meière as the collaborating Artist.

Architectural Style

The 32 Avenue of the Americas Building can be categorized as an Art-deco building.

The Art Deco movement flourished during the 1920s and 1930s, with many historians marking the outbreak of World War II as its final decline. Even though a couple of decades might not seem as much, the Art Deco movement had a great impact on architecture, and it's widely represented in many American cities due to the development boom that happened during that time.

Art Deco marked the abandonment of traditional historicism and the embracement of modern living and the age of the machine. In architecture, that meant leaving behind the ornaments of Beux-Arts and Neo-Gothic buildings and instead favoring simplicity and visual impact through geometric shapes, clean lines, and symmetrical designs. Ornaments were still an important part of the design, but they became bold and lavish, and were often inspired by ancient cultures or industrial imagery, instead of nature.

The 32 Avenue of the Americas Building was completed in 1932, right when the Art Deco movement was at its peak, so it kind of went with the trend at that time.

Spaces & Uses

The 32 Avenue of the Americas Building reaches an architectural height of 430ft (131m), 548ft (167m) if you count the antenna. It has a total of 28 floors, which combined offer a total of 1,151,737 sqf (107,000m2) of usable space.

Ever since opening its doors to the public in 1932, the 32 Avenue of the Americas Building has mainly been used as Commercial space.

548ft (167m)
430ft (131m)

Materials & Structure

The 32 Avenue of the Americas Building uses a frame structure made of steel columns and concrete slabs.

A frame structure uses a combination of beams and columns to sustain the building's weight. The walls in this case are non-load bearing, which allows for more flexibility when distributing the interior spaces.

The facade is non-load bearing either, as it is common in frame structure type buildings.

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features bricks in numerous tones, mainly red and brown, and it is topped with parapets on the roof.

Other materials found at the 32 Avenue of the Americas Building include, bronze, used in entrance grille obove the bronze doors and in the decorations details, white terrazzo, found in the lobby floor, pink marble , used on the lower part of the walls , red-tiles, found covering the pilasters on the walls, and colored stucco, used in some of the ceilings.

Sources

  • s-media.nyc.gov