The RCA Building interiors are an important continuation of the major east-west axis running through the Center from Fifth to Sixth Avenue. The double-height entrance lobby symbolically welcomes visitors, drawing them from the Rockefeller Plaza entrance, past the information desk, into corridors flanked by shops, which create the sense of a grand concourse.
The mezzanine balconies and corridors further add to the drama of the space and contribute to the axiality. The experience of the visitor to these interiors is enhanced by the extensive program of murals, executed by Jose Maria Sert and Frank Brangwyn, which were conceived as an intrinsic part of the building and are a continuation of the overall art scheme used on the exteriors of the Rockefeller Center buildings.
STATUS Designated Interior Landmark
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