Presenting Monochromes, a new Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design of yesteryear. Have a find you want to share? Hit up the tipline; we'd love to hear from you.
Decades ago, come lunchtime, office higher-ups would eat, well, higher up, in lounges on the top floors of their buildings, swilling martinis, puffing cigars, and, according to an article the Times wrote about this very subject, noshing on "dover sole, say, and a slice of melon trucked in from upstate." 30 Rockefeller Plaza, best known for being NBC headquarters, had this lovely spread on its 65th floor. According to these shots found via the Library of Congress, in 1949 the Luncheon Club looked a lot like a Mad Men-era office space, but with crazy curtains and, duh, a hardwood-paneled bar.
- Library of Congress