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21007 Rockefeller Center is an Architecture set released in November, 2010 in stores, but not on LEGO.com. The set includes 240 pieces, cost US $39.99, and it is intended for ages ten and up. The set was specifically made up of brick-yellow coloured pieces, alongside with other Architecture sets, including the Empire State Building, made in 2009.

Background

Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st Streets, facing Fifth Avenue, in New York City. Commissioned by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. The 14 original Art Deco buildings span the area between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, split by a large sunken square and a private street called Rockefeller Plaza. Five International Stylebuildings, built later, are located on the west side of Sixth Avenue and at the north end of Rockefeller Plaza.

In 1928, the site's then-owner, Columbia University, leased the land to John D. Rockefeller Jr., who was the main person behind the complex's construction. Originally envisioned as the site for a new Metropolitan Opera building, the current Rockefeller Center came about after the Met could not afford to move to the proposed new building. Various plans were discussed before the current one was approved in 1932. Construction of Rockefeller Center started in 1931, and the first buildings opened in 1933. The core of the complex was completed by 1939.

Rockefeller Center has two parts: the original center and the later International-style buildings. The original center has several sections: Radio City, for RCA's radio-related enterprises such as the Music Hall and 30 Rockefeller Plaza; the International Complex, for foreign tenants; and the remainder of the original complex, which originally hosted printed media as well as Eastern Air Lines. While 600 Fifth Avenue is located at the southeast corner of the complex and contains architecture similar to the original complex, it was built by private interests in the 1950s and was only acquired by the center in 1963.

Described as one of the greatest projects of the Great Depression era, Rockefeller Center was declared a New York City landmark in 1985 and a National Historic Landmark in 1987. It is noted for the large quantities of art present in almost all of its Art Deco buildings, as well as its Radio City section and its ice-skating rink. The complex is also famous for its annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

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Replicate an icon of art deco design- the world famous Rockefeller Center!

Rockefeller Center, located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, New York City, represents the largest private building project ever undertaken in modern times. Developed and financed by the Rockefeller family in the 1930s, this 19-building complex is an example of Art Deco and is famous for the many works of art integrated into its design. This LEGO® Architecture series interpretation of Rockefeller Center was designed by architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker.

  • Rockefeller Center measures 5" (138mm)
  • Collect the whole series: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, the Space Needle in Seattle, the Sears Tower and John Hancock Center in Chicago, New York’s Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, and The White House in Washington D.C.
  • Includes information booklet with details on design and detailed history of landmark (English language only)
  • Architectural replica of the real-world Rockefeller Center
  • LEGO® Architecture inspires future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world using the LEGO brick as a medium for reproducing esteemed structures


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Notes

  • It was designed by Steen Sig Andersen.

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