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Fred F. French Building

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Art Deco Gem

This 1927 office building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 45th Street displays beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tucson, Arizona
A delightful surprise!

I was just out to see the sights of New York and happened to pass by this delightful art-deco... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Patricia T
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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1 week ago
“Art Deco Gem”
3 weeks ago
“A delightful surprise!”
Height is not the only measure of a skyscraper's worth - this alliterative edifice has a lovely Art Deco/Moorish flavor.
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551 5th Ave, New York City, NY 10176-0001
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This 1927 office building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 45th Street displays beautiful decorations outside and inside. Multicolored glazed ceramic ware embellishes the upper stories. A close look reveals griffins on the facade that symbolize progress and bee hives with golden bees, representing...More

Thank Rumples
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was just out to see the sights of New York and happened to pass by this delightful art-deco facade. After reading the plaque, I went inside and found a beautiful interior and great architectural features of the art-deco style. What a beautiful landmark and...More

Thank Patricia T
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Not bad for a poor kid from the Bronx raised by a hovering mother and a hard-drinking father. Fred F. French was born in the late decades of the 19th Century, went through multiple adventures, some luckier than others, but never stopped striving to achieve...More

Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Love the lines of this building . People pass it by but as a New Yorker who lives older buildings this is a classic. Built in the 30's it stands out from others and clearly is one if a kind .

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 11 April 2017

would be all to easy to walk by this on 5th but do yourself a favour and call in to see the lobby its a art deco gem.

Thank James O
Reviewed 3 February 2017

The Fred F. French Building was erected in 1927 with a striking art deco facade and impressive interior / lobby it is worth a look when walking past it on 5th Avenue.

Thank Roberts69
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Hardly anyone except real Art Deco nuts know about this building. The lobby is magnificent ( I don't know if the rest of the building is ever open to the public) and the friendly desk clerk is happy for you to wander. Takes 5 minutes...More

3  Thank ianmaggs
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

It is really worth popping into the Fred F. French Building on the NE corner of 45th and 5th. This Skyscaper is a landmark and the lobby is magnificent.

3  Thank Luvs2TravelAnywhere
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

This is the one of the oldest skyscraper uptown. It has a small but beautiful lobby. Most tourist pass this hidden gem, not knowing it's there. It will take 5 minutes out of your schedule

1  Thank Jaja000
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Had read about this building and had a moment so had a look in the lobby area and yes it's a gem, if you have a few minutes spare it's worth taking a look it's magnificent.

1  Thank S1las
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This is the iconic New York that so many visitors
imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like
the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
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