Demolition of Ziegfeld Theatre.

Sunday, January 09, 1966

The original Ziegfeld Theatre built in 1927 at the corner of 6th Avenue and 53rd Street. (NYPL for the Performing Arts / Billy Rose Theatre Division)

Robert C. Weinberg reports on the demolition of the Ziegfeld Theatre at Ave. of the Americas & W. 53rd St. Reviews the architectural details of the building, designed by Viennese architect Joseph Urban in the art nouveau secession style. Weinberg describes the architecture of the building, and his unsuccessful efforts to at least photographically document the building before demolition.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 74484
Municipal archives id: T1479


Robert C. Weinberg


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