3. Graybar Passage Mural

Graybar Passage mural

Underneath the Graybar Building sits the Graybar Passage Mural, painted in 1927 by Edward Trumbull, who also painted a mural on the Chrysler Building‘s ceiling. Trumbull also served as “colortone director” of the Rockefeller Center and also painted murals for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building. Many of the mural’s extravagant colors have since faded, leaving a caramel color.

The mural features significant technology like a train pulled by an electric locomotive as well as several airplanes, including the Spirit of St. Louis flown by Charles Lindbergh. A bridge resembling the city’s High Bridge and the construction of a skyscraper can also be seen in the mural as representations of the city’s development.