Rainbow Room

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

30 Rockefeller Plaza

ARCHITECT: Wallace K. Harrison, The Associated Architects

DATE: 1931-34

STYLE: Streamlined Modern

Manhattan Midtown Streamlined Modern

The Rainbow Room survives as one of the few remaining early 20th-century nightclubs in New York City. Since it opened in 1934 it has been an elegant supper club, a place to dine, dance, and enjoy incomparable views, as it is located at the east end of the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

The construction of the Rainbow Room started shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in early 1934, and it has always generated considerable attention from the media and has served as a fashionable setting for musical and dance performances, private parties, charity balls, scholarship drives and award ceremonies. The almost square room had a capacity of more than 300 persons and many were seated on tiered platforms located around the perimeter. The Rainbow Room was built in Streamlined Modern style, with calculated neo-Classical flourishes, and preserves many of its original characteristics.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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