4. AT&T Long Distance Building Lobby
Photograph Courtesy of Hildreth Meière Dunn via Open House New York
In 1932, Art Deco muralist Hildreth Meière designed a ceiling mural in silhouette glass mosaic depicting Continents Linked by Telephone and Wireless, symbolizing the purpose of the AT&T Long Distance building. Meière rendered allegorical personifications of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia connected by gold telephone and telegraph wires to two female messengers with a condor and an eagle in the center of the ceiling. The border is reminiscent of Native American quillwork. In 1991, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the lobby an interior landmark.
Members of the International Hildreth Meière Association will be on-site both days to give tours on the half hour on Saturday, October 19th from 12:00PM to 4:00PM and Sunday, October 20th from 12:00PM to 4:00PM.