Elegance in the Sky

The Architecture of Rosario Candela

May 17 - October 28, 2018

Extravagantly furnished dining room at 960 Fifth Avenue. The setting includes a central table with elaborate place settings.

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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.


The exhibition is designed by Peter Pennoyer Architects with graphic design by Tsang/ Seymour.

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; Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP; Alice and Tom Tisch; Joseph A. Tuana and Marianne Verbuyt; Lumion; The New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation; Daryl and Steven Roth; Gil Schafer III; Simon Baron Development; Amabel and Hamilton James; J & AR Foundation; Lico Contracting, Inc.; Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation; William T. Georgis; Clark Construction Corporation; Ferguson & Shamamian Architects; and Lynne B. Sagalyn and Gary Hack.

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