Photo-Bombing Circa 1904

This a nice picture of Morningside Park from the Detroit Publishing collection. Given the notable lack of drone technology in 1904, it was probably taken from an apartment house at the south end of the park, on 110th Street. The park has a reputation of being built on a cliff between Morningside Heights (to the …

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Skyscraper Roundtable

This is my last reminder that next Tuesday will be the sixth and last session in the Work In Progress lecture series at the Skyscraper Museum. Like the other lectures in the series, it will be available live via Zoom and YouTube, and afterwards it will be available recorded on YouTube. Like the picture above …

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More News: The South Bushwick Reformed Church

After all this time, I still find it disorienting to read the news and find one of our projects being discussed. In this case, it’s the end (or nearly so) of a long saga for the South Bushwick Reformed Church in Brooklyn, a beautiful wood-frame building from 1853 that looks like it belongs on a …

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A Palette Of Materials

That’s a picture of the 23rd Street station of the original IRT subway under construction, probably in 1903. That station is now part of the Lexington Avenue line and you can find that stair, although the passageway that makes up the left side of the photo is partially hidden and partially altered. The platform for …

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I wrote about the Columbus Monument once before, but that post was so brief as to barely exist. The picture of the monument above, from 1903 or so, inspired me to discuss the most structural-engineering aspect of the monument: it sits on top of a train station that wasn’t there when it was built. Let’s …

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