610 Fifth Avenue, La Maison Francaise

The first of three buildings named after European nations in a bid to attract tenants from those countries, La Masion Francaise at 610 Fifth Avenue features a magnificent relief created by the French artist Alfred Jannoit.  Surmounted by a depiction of two goddesses representing the cities of Paris and New York linking hands, the work shows the Three Graces bestowing their gifts of poetry, beauty and elegance to all and sundry.

Pegasus, the symbol of inspiration, rears up at the bottom left corner of the scene.

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