In Lieu of Halos

What more could our angels at 150 Nassau Street need? Orbs on top of their heads. Current installation, from the roof looking out:   Unfortunately, we have not been able to find a lot of information about the original design of the orbs. The Rambusch replicas look great but are based on some distant pictures: …

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The Past Is A Foreign Country

We are working on a project in  an 1890s apartment building where part of the scope is changing the windows in the penthouse. Most of the building has very heavy brick and stone exterior walls, but the penthouse (which may have been built later) has walls that are mostly terra-cotta block. There is a large steel …

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Careful Spacing

I really admire the work of this sign painter. He squeezed nine words into the small pieces of wall available  between the windows and the sawtooth roof and still made it legible and readable. Sure, “M’F’G” for manufacturing and “M’F’RS” for manufacturers are non-standard abbreviations, but they make perfect sense in context. In discussing old …

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