Backstory and Context
In the early twentieth century, Irwin Chanin trained as an architect at the famed school of Cooper Union and wanted to design a building as a “speculative venture.” After touring Paris in 1925, Chanin came back to the United States with a great deal of knowledge about the architecture there, which inspired him to use the French art-deco style - a popular architecture movement at the time. Chanin decided to collaborate with the firm of Sloan and Robertson to design and construct his building, and in 1927, construction commenced. Construction of the building was completed in 1929, and soon after its completion, Chanin moved his personal office into the building and left the rest of the building as open office space to rent out.
The building would go on to flourish for years to come, and on November 14th of 1978, it was designated as a New York City Landmark. Not long after that, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 23rd of 1980. Today, the Chanin Building continues to serve as a building for office space to rent to the Midtown Manhattan area.