Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #84

84-french-buildingFred F. French Building

Architect: H. Douglas Ives
Style: Art Deco
Use: Offices
Opened: 1927
Borough: Manhattan

Built in the giddy 1920’s, just before the Great Depression, this building owes its reputation to its colors. The polychromatic tile work on the setbacks above street level and the splendidly appointed lobby burst with orange and blue and gold and other hues. Opened in a time closely associated with black-and-white photography, it reminds us that real life unfolds in color.

84-french-building-lobby

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