Hearst Tower

Designed by Norman Foster, this 2006 skyscraper is dramatically different than any building built at the time.  And I think it broke the mold for how skyscrapers should look.  No more or at least less regular grids of verticals and horizontals in NYC high rise.  Now, more glass, with twists as the building rises or changes in massing.

The Hearst Tower sits on a six story base (in the shadows)  built in 1928.  It has been described as Art Deco,but it is at least as much fortress like.IMG_5064.jpg

Flatiron Building

Designed by famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, and completed in 1902, Flatiron (originally Fuller) Building is one of the best known buildings in American architectural history. Burnham succeeded in using 19th century classical revival architectural style to decorate a 20th century engineering wonder. In lesser hands, it would have looked like a wedding cake on drugs.IMG_5060.jpg

The beauty of early 19th century architecture

Detail of the cornice of gatehouse designed by Charles BulIMG_4934.jpgfinch, third Architect of the Capitol, in approximately 1827, for the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. This gatehouse and another one by Bulfinch were moved to Constitution Ave, closer to the White House, in the late 19th century.

Bulfinch, considered one of the first professional architects in this country, took drawing courses as a Harvard undergraduate and then traveled through Europe observing architecture.

Photographing in New York City

The guy  in shorts and t-shirt gets off his rental bike, sets up a sturdy tripod and expensive camera, stands on the  coffee shop Flatiron Building 12.jpgchair to get a higher vantage point and takes a photo looking north from Daniel Burnham’s Flatiron Building.

Only in Manhattan.

Architectural Photography/Architectural History Tour of Embassy Row

Saturday, November 12,2016, 10am-12:30pm

To make compelling architectural photographs, one has to understand architectural history.

This tour places the buildings and spaces in context and demonstrates the photographic techniques used to capture photographs that convey the significance of the buildings.

Participants should bring their own cameras (digital or film, any format).

$20/per person.

For further information contact Bill Lebovich:architecturalphoto@mac.comIMG_3189.jpg (c)Bill Lebovich,2016

National Museum of African American History,2016

IMG_4897.jpgFlanked by tower of late 19th century Old Post Office,on Pennsylvania Ave, on the left and the early to mid 19th century US Capitol Building, Capitol Hill, on the right.

How the articulation of monumental architecture changes with the architectural taste at the period of design, the intended symbolism of the building, its location, and the social and political attitudes when the project was conceived.