620 Fifth Avenue, The British Empire Building

The British Empire Building at 620 Fifth Avenue is a mirror image of La Masion Francaise save for its sculpture, here consisting of small figurative works by artist Carl Paul Jennewien, seemingly floating in space beneath a stylized lion and unicorn.  The figures represent peoples and resources controlled by the British Empire in the UK, India, Africa, Australia and Canada.  A rising sun completes the work, symbolizing the then-popular adage “the sun never sets on the British Empire.”

The comparison with the décor of La Masion Francaise is perhaps telling.

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