Another day has come when I’d rather die than go to sleep knowing I cannot have this toy. Oh the joys and pains of owning a house like this. Unbelievable. Quick, someone give me a really big account. I’m gonna need at least a million bucks and a year off to bring this elegant, old lady back to life.
Protected by chain link fence in a section of a parking lot across the street from Brooklyn Academy of Music there are some magnificent pieces of slip-cast ornamental terra cotta lying around. They are definitely part of BAM’s facade, but whether or not they are original, on their way out or on their way back up onto the building I do not know. I presume they are excess as restoration work was completed some time ago. Anyway, scroll through the gallery above to see more…
Brooklyn Tech, as it’s known, has some great stone work on its facade, with inspiring machine age iconography. The building was built from 1930-33, at the exact time as Rockefeller Center, and its exterior iconography is of the same post-crash, WPA vintage and spirit, calling people to work hard and to excel in sciences, technology, industry and American innovation. We seriously need a big ass booster shot of that stuff in this country. Read more on wikipedia… and marvel at the facilities originally housed inside for educating young New Yorkers in real trades.
This lovely entrance to a townhouse on Bleecker has beautiful, gothic cast iron grills attached to the insides of the door’s two glass panels. Excellent pattern. I like how the orientation of the longer elements contributes to verticality of the entire doorway’s composition.