After some shakeups in the seventies, Rockefeller Center made a comeback with the prosperous economy of the 1980’s. And although it was the eighties, 20 seemed to be the recurring number of the decade: in 1986 the Christmas Tree sparkled with a record 20,000 lights and in 1987, the Rainbow Room reopened followed a $20 million renovation, featuring a new menu with 20 different varieties of bottled water.
The 1980’s also marked Rockefeller Center’s foray into the Stock Exchange, offering the public the opportunity to become investors.
Discover more year-to-year details about Rockefeller Center in the 1980’s here:
1980: A multi-year project to clean the limestone on all the Center’s buildings is completed.
1981: Wallace K. Harrison, the last survivor among Rockefeller Center’s principal architects, dies at 86.
1982: Paul Manship’s Prometheus sculpture, in Rockefeller Plaza, is regilded for the fifth time.
1984: Night lighting of the façade of 30 Rockefeller Center is inaugurated.
1985: Rockefeller Center terminates its ground lease by buying the land it sits on from Columbia University.
1986: This year’s Christmas Tree calls for a record 20,000 lights.
1987: The Rainbow Room reopens following a $20 million renovation; the menu includes 20 different varieties of bottled water.
1988: Rockefeller Center’s original buildings are declared a National Historic Landmark.
1989: Mitsubishi Estate Co. buys majority interest in the Center.