I used to be not too long ago on the Higher East Facet of Manhattan, making my method from the 86th Avenue subway cease over to the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, once I handed by this constructing on East 84th Avenue. I seen the architectural particulars on the outside of the constructing, and stopped to take a more in-depth look.
I used to be struck by how elaborate the small print have been on these ornamental vertical panels that line the surface of the constructing like columns. If you take an in depth look, as I did under, it’s wonderful to suppose how a lot effort and time (and price) will need to have been put into these, which serve no practical goal however actually give a really refined and classical look to this constructing solely steps from Park Avenue. I wished to be taught extra … scroll down to seek out out some historical past of this constructing.
I realized that this constructing is a 10-story condominium constructing which was designed by Emery Roth and in-built 1917. It was transformed to a cooperative in 1954, and has 34 residences. These ornamental parts are described as “sandstone pilasters,” and on the lookout for an evidence of what meaning, I realized that “… in classical structure, a pilaster is an architectural factor used to offer the looks of a supporting column, with solely a decorative operate. It consists of a flat floor raised from the principle wall floor, normally handled as if it have been a column.”
A bit of extra on Emery Roth: he was born in 1871 in what’s now thought of Slovakia, got here to the USA together with his household when he was 13, and bought his begin in structure with an apprenticeship as a draftsman within the Chicago places of work of Burnham & Root in 1893. He later moved to New York, working with Richard Morris Hunt earlier than beginning his personal agency. Within the early twentieth Century, he designed and created an unlimited assortment of condominium buildings and different buildings all through NYC, 47 of which are listed here. It’s fairly wonderful when one sees what sort of affect he had on structure in New York Metropolis. Right here’s a website that showcases another buildings with the angle of “Top 10 Residential Buildings designed by Emery Roth.”