Art: Insurance Cathedral

The cathedral idea enthralls the minds of U.S. tycoons, spreads from cinema to insurance potentates. Therefore when famed Architect Cass Gilbert designed the new $21,000,000 New York Life Insurance building he Gothicized its decoration, planned its gigantic foyer in the cruciform shape of a nave and transepts. Like a huge stalagmite the structure stands on the site of the old Madison Square Garden, lifts its glinting spire 617 feet above the pavements. In a banquet hall on the 14th floor a dedicatory ceremony was held, last week. President Coolidge, button-punching at the White House, flooded the feast with light. President Darwin...

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