Fancy

I happened to be walking past this building on east 38th Street and felt it deserved a photo. The big doors announce it to be carriage house, the ornate facade suggests it was connected to a wealthy person’s home rather being a commercial stable. Take a good look, as there’s a lot going on there. …

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Big Headline

The Tower Building was not New York’s first skyscraper, so its demolition was not the tragedy the Sun would have you believe it to be. The Pan American Building was, fortunately, not built in the form shown here. And the artwork is, in general, a crime. That said, the real buildings shown are a fair …

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38 Years And I Haven’t Forgotten

My latest look at the HABS/HAER index turned up “steel I-beams” as a category, and I obviously had no choice but to take a look. Most of the surveys with that tag were truss bridges. I’m interested in trusses, but I wanted something different. The photo above is from the HABS survey of the Raritan …

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A Well-Pedigreed Oddity

The cute little suspension bridge in the postcard above – one of the Detroit Publishing Company’s cards, titled “Connecticut River and Suspension Bridge, Brattleboro, Vt.” – is unfortunately gone. It opened in 1889 and was destroyed by a flood in 1936. In a few years it will have been gone for twice as long as …

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A Less-Obvious Change

That pretty view of the Empire State Building is “Bird’s-eye view of Empire State Building at night, New York City” by Angelo Rizzuto. The photograph was taken in 1953 and is part of the Library pf Congress’s “Free to Use and Reuse” collection. (They have a fairly high-resolution version available for download if you want …

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