Category Archives: Architecture

Is Preservation Elitist?

As part of the Museum of the City of New Yorks Saving Place, 50 Years of New York City Landmarks exhibition and lecture series, a group of prominent historians, developers, planners, preservationists, and journalists gathered for a public symposium on … Continue reading

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Restoration of Historic 15 Washington Street

Rutgers University has undertaken the renovation of the historic building at 15 Washington Street in Newark, New Jersey. Designed by the architecture firm, John H. & Wilson C. Ely in the neo-classical style in 1930, the building remains one of … Continue reading

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Manufacturer’s (Hannover) Trust Building

In 1918 Manufacturers Trust bought the Northwest corner of 34th Street and Eighth Avenue. I can’t believe these bronze doorways are that early. They seem to date to a renovation in the early 1930s to my eye. I love the … Continue reading

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181 Madison Avenue

181 Madison Avenue, at the corner of Madison Avenue and 34th Street in Manhattan has jaw dropping window and door surrounds by the French designer and fabricator Edgar Brandt. I pass this building, designed by Warren and Wetmore, often on my … Continue reading

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Altar Lamps from the Recoleta Cemetery

Most of the mausoleums in the Recoleta cemetery have simple, dark bronze hanging fixtures. All that I saw were based on ancient (Roman, Greek, or Egyptian) oil lamps. I didn’t see any of them working (electrified or not). I imagine … Continue reading

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Recoleta Cemetery: Bronze Sculptural Plaques

Without knowing much beyond the name, address, and reputation for super-coolness of the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, I made sure to find an art supply store on our way to buy a large roll of paper and some dense … Continue reading

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Recoleta Cemetery, Permanence and Decrepitude

The Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires is the final resting place of the city’s elite. Like Argentina, its fortunes have waned over the past few decades. It’s its decrepitude as much as its ceremonial pomp that makes it interesting to … Continue reading

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New and Native

Los Angeles classicists converged recently beneath the sturdy beams of the Spanish colonial clubhouse of the Beverly Hills Women’s Club to hear Gamble House Director Ted Bosley talk about the Craftsman architecture of Southern California. The Gamble House in Pasadena, … Continue reading

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