People: Jan. 17, 1983

Among the great skyscrapers built in Manhattan during the 1920s and '30s, the 56-story Chanin Building has worn its years well—as has its creator and namesake, Irwin Chanin, 91. The architect is being honored by his old alma mater, New York's Cooper Union, in a retrospective. Chanin designed eight Broadway theaters and two monumental apartment houses on Central Park West. Perhaps his most cherished work is his personal suite of art deco offices on the top floor of the Chanin Building. The bathroom alone, done in glass, mirror and gold plate over bronze, cost $15,000 when it was built in 1929....

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