Lucy Moses Award: Belvedere Castle

I’ve written about Belvedere a lot, partly because it’s one of my favorite projects of the last few years and partly because it’s a unique structure and therefore posed unique challenges. A summary of my previous posts is here – Belvedere Castle – along with some vintage photos and some construction photos. Our work, performed …

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Changing Use

That building is on a lot of people’s lists as their favorite in New York, or their favorite in Greenwich Village. It’s now the Jefferson Market Library, and was built in the 1870s as the Jefferson Market Courthouse. It’s one of the earliest successes of the preservation movement in the city, with the New York …

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Extension Philosophy

When we try to understand the evolution of buildings over time, there are certain visual clues that demand attention. One of them is things – architectural ornament, floor elevations, window patterns – lining up too well. The picture above, looking west on 22nd Street towards Park Avenue South, provides a good example. (I talked about …

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Extremes And Norms

Another view of lower Manhattan, again from a slightly odd angle. We’re looking north from the west side of the very southern tip of the island – most likely from the roof of the Whitehall Building. The Library of Congress says 1900 to 1915, but the Woolworth Building and Equitable Buildings are complete, so circa …

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Skyscraper Imagery

The circa 1901 photo above, which has much to recommend it, is filed at the Library of Congress under the title “The Tallest buildings in the world, New York City”. That’s half right. The building on the right is the 1899 Park Row Building, which was the tallest skyscraper at that time and for the …

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