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NYC2ATX Feb 15, 2008 10:09 AM

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Originally Posted by CoolCzech (Post 3343433)
The lobby of this Art Deco skyscraper, designed by William Lamb and completed in 1931, is being restored.

[b]A plastic-panel dropped ceiling in the lobby, added in the 1960s, is being removed. In its place will go a re-creation of the original ceiling, a gold-leaf-on-canvas abstraction of planets and stars. A re-creation, rather than a restoration, is necessary because removing the white paint slapped over the original art was deemed too costly and difficult, explains Richard Metsky, an architect with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, which is handling the renovation. Crews will stretch a new canvas over the old one, preserving it in case future generations ever develop a more cost-effective restoration method.

Overall, Metsky hopes to improve the character of a lobby whose triple-height main entry and buffed gray-and-lilac terrazzo floors has in recent years been muddled by bulky security gates and garish storefront signs. Renovations, which begin in July and will last until March 2008, will add rows of cold cathode bulbs to brighten the dim space, which encompasses half a city block and has five entrances. Back-lighted illustrations of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, added in the 1960s, will be removed.

Beyer Blinder Belle is particularly suited to the project, having restored Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler Building, both nearby New York City landmarks with highly decorative ceilings.

.....god......fucking 1960s.

Aside from that, it's so great about this restoration, and I think it's awesome that they are recruiting the restorer of Chrysler and GCT, two very well-turned out restoration jobs, IMO. I'll have to visit the Empire State when I'm home in the summer.

lol that'd be so awesome if they actually did come up with a better restoration method, and then they're all "What idiots paint over artwork, and then cover it with canvas?"

NYguy Feb 18, 2008 10:23 AM

Some pics taken over the past couple of weeks, including yesterday, Feb. 17, 2008...


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/93120187/medium.jpg_http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/93120203/medium.jpg


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http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/93120300/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/93120305/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/93120308/large.jpg


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GioFX Feb 18, 2008 11:01 PM

The King!!!

I cannot wait to be there next spring!

viewguysf Feb 19, 2008 4:28 AM

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Originally Posted by StatenIslander237 (Post 3356280)
.....god......fucking 1960s.

"What idiots paint over artwork...?"

The same type of idiots who demolished the Roxy and gutted your Paramount, just like ours who destroyed the San Francisco Fox. Those were incredible palaces that can never be created again, unlike our 60's Fox Plaza highrise which replaced the theater. :yuck:

Urban Sky Feb 19, 2008 5:12 AM

^^ its disgusting.

JDRCRASH Feb 19, 2008 5:34 AM

Was the green lighting for enviro-advertisement?

NYguy Feb 19, 2008 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by JDRCRASH (Post 3363754)
Was the green lighting for enviro-advertisement?

I forgot what it was for, but the colors change frequently enough that I don't even bother to keep up with the meaning...

Manahata Feb 19, 2008 4:05 PM

Green lights....I think It was in October, Ramadan or something

gttx Feb 19, 2008 6:48 PM

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Originally Posted by viewguysf (Post 3363601)
The same type of idiots who demolished the Roxy and gutted your Paramount, just like ours who destroyed the San Francisco Fox. Those were incredible palaces that can never be created again, unlike our 60's Fox Plaza highrise which replaced the theater. :yuck:

Not to play the "mine is bigger than yours" game, but in the 1950s there was actually a proposal to route I-20 (the main E-W interstate through Atlanta) directly through the historic downtown. Yes, the state actually considered demolishing ALL the buildings from the early 1900s. It was eventually moved south a bit, but we have still had a virtual plague of building demolitions...many of them which haven't even resulted in new development.

Case in point: what the hell were people thinking during this decade?

NYguy Feb 19, 2008 10:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Manahata (Post 3364294)
Green lights....I think It was in October, Ramadan or something

That particular green was a couple of weeks ago. It'll be green again for St Pat's. My favorite is all blue, but I think the all white defines it best.

NYguy Feb 19, 2008 10:35 PM

A few of my fav ESB pics...

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/62683573/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/62683594/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/62683639/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/52038077/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/52038081/large.jpg

JDRCRASH Feb 20, 2008 5:02 PM

Man I love this building!:hyper:

oldpainless Feb 20, 2008 5:24 PM

The quintessential skyscraper.

NYguy Feb 21, 2008 3:38 AM

It's enough to make you go Ape!....:banana:

JDRCRASH Feb 21, 2008 5:07 AM

What's truly technologically awe-inspiring is the fact that it was completed in less than 13 months.

Compare that with the Burj Dubai, which will eventually have taken more than 3 times as long to finish.

NYguy Feb 21, 2008 5:35 AM

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Originally Posted by JDRCRASH (Post 3368777)
What's truly technologically awe-inspiring is the fact that it was completed in less than 13 months.

More impressive to me is when it was built.

JDRCRASH Feb 21, 2008 5:40 AM

^ ^ ^

Exactly.;)

NYguy Feb 22, 2008 2:24 AM

Near or far, the King of the skyscrapers still has a commanding presence.
Pics taken from Newark's Broad Street station...

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/93261107/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/93261115/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/93261117/large.jpg

JDRCRASH Feb 22, 2008 7:35 PM

Go to Google Earth and download the ESB model, tilt the the camera horizontal and you will be amazed on how far you're able to see it!:D

gramsjdg Feb 27, 2008 6:18 PM

Has there ever been a proposal to clean up the antenna on the ESB? It seems to me that short of removing it (that won't fly as it is so identified with the tower since it was added in the '50's) they could make it more of a "spire" like the Chrysler's; maybe chrome/aluminum tube structure or something like that that is solid and more continuous with the rest of the building. Any thoughts?


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