Time / Life
The 48 story Time & Life Building is at 1271 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) in Rockefeller Center, NYC.
It opened in 1959 and was designed by the Rockefeller family's architect, Wallace Harrison.
The exterior is really not much to look at, but the interior was incredible.
There is also a Josef Albers installation in the lobby: Portals (1961) carrara glass, nickel bronze and bronze
Portals was installed in 1961 and is 42 feet wide by 14 feet high
Source: Albers Foundation
Also in the lobby, is Relational Painting #88 (1959) by Fritz Glarner
Source: Lost at E Minor
Relational Painting #88 detail
Source: Blake Gopink
Charles and Ray Eames designed this reception area.
Image: Eames Design, Neuhart
Coincidentally, when I was putting this post together, Herman Miller posted a blueprint of the desk above for #blueprintwednesday on Instagram
Source: Herman Miller
The Time-Life Lobby furnishings by Charles and Ray Eames
Source: Eames Office via Eames Designs
Gio Ponti designed the auditorium on the eighth floor.
Interior of the auditorium..lots of Ponti
JFK cruising through
The largest commercial tenant in the building's bottom floor was La Fonda del Sol, designed by Alexander Girard
Alexander Girard model for the restaurant.
La Fonda del Sol was a happening place
The restaurant closed in 1971
The building is now just a shell of its former self. In May of this year, Time Inc. announced that after 55 years it was even moving out of the building.