8. The American Radiator Building Inspired a Georgia O’Keeffe Painting

“Radiator Building — Night, New York” (1927) by Georgia O’Keefe. Image via WikiArt

Three years after the American Radiator Building opened, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe painted “Radiator Building — Night, New York,” one in a series of images depicting New York cityscapes. O’Keefe — who was “taken by the glow of the building after sunset” — depicted the building lit up at night by its floodlights, as seen from the vantage point of her high rise studio on the thirtieth floor of the Shelton Hotel at 49th and Lexington.

Also, read about nine other artists inspired by the early skyscrapers of New York City.