Credit Overdue

“Architects of Black Harlem” by Thandi Nyambose addresses a gap in most architectural histories. The neighborhood is well known for its Black residents but not as much for the Black architects who helped create it. If you prefer her work in a more visual (and perhaps more visceral) form, here’s the Story Map. Either way, a …

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Another Favorite With Explanation

Irving Underhill‘s portrait of Irving Trust at 1 Wall Street falls into the “romantic view of skyscrapers” category. 1932 was the perfect year to take this picture: Irving Trust was brand new, and the old 2 Wall Street had been demolished (preparatory for the new 2 Wall Street being built) so there was a vacant …

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Three Generations

Underhill again, in 1936, showing us the former Cities Service Building, 70 Pine Street, by looking down Pine Street from the east. We’re on the east side of Front Street looking west. As a reminder, Front Street is two blocks into the landfill along the East River, while 70 Pine is on Pearl Street, at …

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Art and Artifice

The picture above, once of Irving Underhill’s more self-consciously arty photos of a building, shows the Woolworth building behind the Brooklyn Bridge in 1921. For better or worse you can’t get a view like that today because of the presence of so many other buildings over 700 feet tall in lower Manhattan. I like the …

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More Talking

I’ll be giving a book talk about The Structure of Skyscrapers at the Skyscraper Museum (virtually) next Tuesday. Details and registration at the museum website: here. I don’t like to repeat talks I’ve already given, so this time I’ll be talking about how industrialization of the building process helped lead designers to create skyscrapers.

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