Hildreth Meière was commissioned by Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker to design a ceiling mural depicting the “Continents Linked by the Telephone and Wireless” as a reflection of the purpose of the building. Using her imaginative Art Deco style, Meière rendered allegorical personifications of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia connected by telephone and telegraph wires to each other and to the female messengers depicted in the center of the ceiling. Meière also designed the wall map near the Sixth Avenue entrance using building tile. In 1991, the lobby was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Experts from the International Hildreth Meière Association will be on-site to discuss the artist's work.
Image Credit: Sylvia Gardner-Wittgenstein