Docomomo US / A cultural crime at the McGraw Hill building

From Docomomo US / Michele Racioppi

In a shocking and frustrating turn of events this week, it was reported that the iconic Streamline Moderne lobby of the McGraw Hill Building in New York City had been completely gutted. The Art Deco-style building, completed in 1931 and designed by Raymond Hood, has been undergoing an extensive exterior renovation.

Although the building’s exterior has been landmarked since 1979, the interior lobby was not given similar protections, adding it to a growing list (Philip Johnson’s AT&T building, which has been lost, Kevin Roche’s 60 Wall Street, which could still be protected) of missed opportunities for the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to preserve the city’s architecturally significant interior spaces. 

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