Elegance in the Sky

The Architecture of Rosario Candela

May 17, 2018 - October 28, 2018

960 Fifth Avenue. Dining room

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Pre-war luxury living from an icon of residential architecture.

With some 75 buildings to his credit, Rosario Candela played a major role in shaping the architectural legacy of 20th-century New York—the distinctive “prewar” streetscapes of Park and Fifth Avenues and Sutton Place in particular. Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela revisits the setback terraces and neo-Georgian and Art Deco ornament of Candela-designed high-rise apartments. His buildings established new standards of chic urban living for some of New York’s wealthiest citizens and still rank among the most prized in the city, almost a century after they were built.

Samuel H. Gottscho, "960 Fifth Avenue. Dining room," 1930. Museum of the City of New York, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection,


Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela is made possible by Todd DeGarmo/STUDIOS Architecture; Alice and Tom Tisch; Joseph Tuana; Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP; Lumion; The New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation; Daryl and Steven Roth; Simon Baron Development; J & AR Foundation; Clark Construction Corporation; Ferguson & Shamamian; Lico Contracting; Gill Schafer III; Amabel and Hamilton James; Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation/Lloyd P. Zuckerberg; William T. Georgis; and Lynne B. Sagalyn and Gary Hack.

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