The neo-Renaissance foyer inside 200 Madison Avenue has been designated a metropolis landmark.
The Landmarks Preservation Fee unanimously authorized the designation as an inside landmark on Tuesday in a 10-0 vote. The foyer is contained in the vaulted arcade that spans the constructing between East thirty fifth and East thirty sixth Streets.
Constructed within the Twenties by the structure agency Warren and Wetmore, the foyer’s gilded and ornate aesthetic contains patterned terrazzo flooring and marble partitions. The arched bays alongside the ceiling are crammed with floral mosaics, animal medallions and projecting lion heads, in keeping with the LPC.
A big saucer dome adorned with griffins and dragons caps the south finish of the arcade, whereas stylized pictures of peacocks cavort.
Warren and Wetmore helped design the long-lasting look of Grand Central Terminal, but it’s 200 Madison that’s “among the firm’s least known and best-preserved interiors,” the LPC proposal mentioned, noting that the foyer seems very a lot because it did when it first opened in 1926.
“The 200 Madison Avenue First Floor lobby is a beautiful space with a richly embellished through-block arcade that truly feels like a hidden gem,” mentioned LPC Chair Sarah Carroll in a press launch. “With its intricately detailed vaulted ceilings, gleaming gilded reliefs, terrazzo floors, polished marble walls, and ornamental metalwork and mosaics, I am delighted that this wonderfully preserved lobby is now in the company of such interior landmarks as Steinway Hall, the Madison Belmont Building, and the New York Central Building, also designed by Warren & Wetmore. As New Yorkers return to the office, it’s an especially opportune time to recognize this special space.”
Historic preservation skilled Simeon Bankoff mentioned 200 Madison was amongst many treasures town wants to guard.
“There are other interior landmarks that are … more significant and more endangered than 200 Madison,” mentioned Bankoff, the previous government director of the Historic Districts Council.
Bankoff named the Purple Room banking corridor at One Wall Road and the failed try to avoid wasting the McGraw-Hill Constructing’s foyer as different interiors in want of landmark safety. “But the city could always use more landmarks,” he added.