Don Friedman

Again, Form Follows Function

Berenice Abbott, for her “Changing New York” project, took this picture of a firehouse in December 1935. She labelled it as “Park Avenue and East 135th Street” but it’s a little more complicated than that, since that location is where those two streets end at the Harlem River. Most of the avenues continue over bridges …

Again, Form Follows Function Read More »

History Not Written

I’ve been reading Buried Beneath the City: An Archaeological History of New York. There’s some of the usual content you expect in a book on historical archaeology – that is, archaeology performed not on the distant past as the word archaeology suggests, but on eras for which we have historical records – including discussion of …

History Not Written Read More »

Smokestacks – Structurally and Culturally

The photo above is from the HABS survey of an abandoned Armour & Company plant in Providence, Rhode Island. The building was a warehouse and factory for meat products, and had some mildly interesting Moderne architectural touches. It was abandoned, vandalized, and then demolished. I chose the picture for the nice view of the big …

Smokestacks – Structurally and Culturally Read More »

Scroll to Top