In the late 1920s, the Metropolitan Opera sought a new location for a grand opera house. Unable to finance the project, they gained support from John D. Rockefeller Jr. and formed a collaboration with Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Architects such as Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray, Hood, Godley & Fouilhoux, and Reinhard & Hofmeister were hired to design the buildings. Raymond Hood led the team of architects, and John R. Todd managed the construction.
After the stock market crash of 1929, the opera plans were abandoned, and Rockefeller swiftly negotiated with RCA and its subsidiaries to create a media entertainment complex on the site. Different plans were proposed, with setbacks and rooftop gardens incorporated to comply with zoning regulations. The project was initially referred to as "Radio City" or "Rockefeller City" but was officially named "Rockefeller Center" in 1931. The complex's development was overseen by the Metropolitan Square Corporation.
Today, Rockefeller Center is a vast commercial complex in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Spanning 22 acres, it consists of 19 buildings commissioned by the Rockefeller family. The Art Deco-style structures, including Rockefeller Plaza, were constructed between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The project, initiated by John D. Rockefeller Jr., began in 1931 and was completed by 1939. Today, Rockefeller Center is a designated landmark, renowned for its iconic Radio City Music Hall, international tenants, extensive art collection, underground concourse, ice-skating rink, and the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree. Managed by Tishman Speyer since 2000, it remains a symbol of architectural and cultural significance.
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