Tag: New York City

More on NYC firehouses: Engine 23.

In Manhattan, several late 19th and early 20th century fire houses are still in use.  They are narrow, three story brick buildings, with interesting detailing.  Above the string course there is usually a bronze plaque listing every official associated with the building of the house, except for the architect.  But I have seen two firehouses where the famous architect LeBrun was listed.  Also, along the walls flanking the overhead  door, and on walls inside the building, are plaques commemorating the members who died in the line of duty.

Also the firehouses have knicknames such as “bat cave” or “lion’s den”, and these names and symbols are painted on the door. But at “lion’s den”ImageImageImage, the city required that a new plain door be installed.  The decorated door is in storage, and will be mounted on the rear inside wall of the station.

The top two images are this month, with the new door rolled up, the third image is last December with the decorated door.

Sir Norman Foster’s dazzling modifications of Historic Buildings

British architect Foster has an international practice and reputation because of his innovative buildings such as “The Gerkin” in London and his glass top for the Reichstag, Berlin.  His handsome, modern designs are too numerous to enumerate.

In the United States he has extended his concept of the glass ceiling over the courtyard of the British Museum to the glass and steel canopy over the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery/Museum of American Art (photo 1,originally the 19th century Patent Building).  Even more compelling is his multifaceted glass and steel tower on top of the 1930s Hearst Building in New York City(photo 2). At the Hearst Tower, he gutted the original building interior turning it into a multi-story atrium, with an angled escalator cutting through a sloping water garden, drenched in light pouring in the windows (photos 3 and 4).

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