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Architect Raymond Hood
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Location New York, New York   map
Date 1930   timeline
Building Type skyscraper, commercial office tower
 Construction System terra cotta and glass cladding over steel frame
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Unusual and attractive use of substantial color on the exterior of a significant skyscraper.


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The first major building to be clad with machine-made terra-cotta. The blue-green terra-cotta spandrels make up about half of the building's exterior wall surface.

33 stories tall.

Sources on McGraw-Hill Building

Technics and Architecture : the development of materials and systems for buildings. Cecil D. Elliott. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992. TH18.E45 1992. LC 91-28298. ISBN 0262050455. — A fascinating and illuminating history of the technical side of architecture. Available at

Architecture in the 20th Century. Udo Kultermann. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. ISBN 0-442-00942-9. LC 92-26734. NA680.K7913 1993. exterior photo with parking garage, f11, p16.

Contemporary American Architects: Raymond M. Hood. Arthur Tappen North. New York: Whittlesey House (McGraw-Hill), 1931. NA737.H57A3. plan drawing of typical floor, p104. detail of entrance vestibule, p109. detail of main entrance, p106. exterior overview photo, p107. exterior photo showing sign at top of tower, p108.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about McGraw-Hill Building


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