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    beautiful building, such a shame these gems were impossible to relocate instead of being torn down when the land became more valuable

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    Yup a lot of lost character.

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    50 Years Ago Today, This Grand Mansion Met a Wrecking Ball

    February 6, 2015, by Hana R. Alberts

    The Brokaw Mansion used to stand at the corner of 79th and Fifth, but 50 years ago today, demolition started. Built by Isaac Vail Brokaw, a clothing merchant with a rags-to-riches life story, the turreted home was modeled after a 16th-century Loire Valley chateau... even though it was completed in 1890. One of a stretch of Gilded Age mansions that lined the avenue at the time; it was nicknamed Millionaire's Row. (How quaint.) His son eventually inherited the main house, plus the three townhouses Brokaw the elder had built for each child.



    George Brokaw wanted to tear it down himself, but family members stopped him. But after his death, the historic homes ultimately sold to the Institute of Radio Engineers, which used them as office space. The institute then sold the parcels to a real estate developer, who (unsurprisingly) readied the wrecking ball in order to build a high-rise apartment building in 1964.



    The outcry over the impending demolition made headlines, in part because it piggybacked on the destruction of the old Penn Station. Though the mansion wasn't saved, it helped spark the passage of New York City's landmarks law, which is what preserves designated historic buildings and districts to this day. The law, too, turns 50 this year, and Curbed NY is going to devote special coverage to landmarks all year long. (Like mapping the first 38 landmarks ever.)


    It pretty much hurts to look at what's there today.


    Bye again, Brokaw Mansion—50 years later. At least you gave us the landmarks law.

    Brokaw Mansions [NYPAP]
    Brokaw House [New York Architecture]
    Flashback: The Brokaw Mansion [Gothamist]
    The Lost Isaac Vail Brokaw Mansion -- No. 1 East 79th Street [DiM]
    Streetscapes: The Wrecking Ball's Last, Uninhibited Dance [NYT]
    Looking Back at Manhattan's Lost Gilded Age Mansions [Curbed]
    Preserving New York: The City's Historic Landmarks Law Turns Fifty [In Collect]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0...cking_ball.php

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    Seeing what replaced these gems is what bugs me the most.

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    It would have been interesting to still have a row of mansions longing the park. They would likely be in public hands at this point or run by businesses catering to the public

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    It would have been interesting to still have a row of mansions longing the park. They would likely be in public hands at this point or run by businesses catering to the public
    Yep, like the Carnegie mansion, today the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

    Modernism is a disease and a scourge meant to take all the joy, whimsy and romance out of life. Its practitioners (virtually any architect alive today) are ideologues of the worst sort and causing great harm to quality of life and society in general around the world today.

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    Default Circle Building - Columbus Circle NYC - James C Green, Architect - 1915



























    The Imperishable Presence of Citizen Hearst

    Two years after its (Maine Monument, Columbus Circle) dedication, Hearst began building the American Circle Building on the site now occupied by the Trump International Hotel and Tower. It was to be 30 stories but never got farther than two. Yet it contained a great secret, which came to light during demolition in 1966.

    Tucked inside the courtyard, invisible from surrounding streets and sidewalks, was another structure altogether — “a cameo Gothic cathedral,” The New York Times called it. Unable to solve the mystery, The Times passed on speculation that it might have been intended as Hearst’s own office; or as a suite for the editors of The American, one of his papers; or even that it had been fitted up as a private chapel for Davies. Who knows?

    Hearst was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe the chapel was something he couldn’t get or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything. I don’t think any room can explain a man’s life. No, I guess the chapel is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle, a missing piece.
    Source: Atlantic Terra Cotta – V.2 1914 (Copyright Expired - Public Domain)

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    I actually did not know about the Circle Building...... Yet one more reason to detest the 60's.

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    The original One Times Square was extraordinary before it was "modernized" and then eventually walled over with advertising


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    ^^ Both great architectural losses. The ornamentation on and in the Circle Building is amazing.

    Thank goodness for photography. The Times photo is superb.

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    Priceless.

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    Both of those buildings were breadth taking.

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    Default Stanley Moving Picture Theatre - 586 Seventh Avenue - NYC - 1914



    Demolished in mid 1950s.

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    Default Arthur Memorial Chapel - Bellevue Hospital - 1897-1938









    Father Marani standing in front of the Leary Family Donated Stained Glass “Christ Healing the Sick” from the original Bellevue Hospital RC Chapel (1897-1938)

    Stained glass from the Leary Chapel survives in present Bellevue RC chapel (above)


    NYPL 1938


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    First Avenue and 28th Street (Google Maps)


    The RC chapel at Bellevue got donated by Philanthropist Miss Annie Leary, later Countess Annie Leary by papal decree, in memory of her older brother Arthur Leary. Bachelor Arthur left his fortune to Annie to give away and it was estimated at anywhere between seven and twenty million when he died in 1893. Arthur Leary was a childhood friend of William B. Astor and Arthur’s father used to make hats and had a shop in the original Astor Hotel downtown. Arthur’s fortune was made out of shipping in the Civil War, maritime insurance and banking. Arthur was the first and for a long time the only Roman Catholic on Mrs. William B. Astor’s famous “400” list. Annie Leary lived at 90 Fifth Avenue with her brother Arthur. Later she lived in her late brother Charles’ house at 3 Fifth Avenue and finally at 1032 Fifth Avenue after a major makeover of a 1870s Victorian with three new floors in the back where the stables used to be to include a new ballroom for entertaining. She was personal friends of the infamous Hetty Green of Wall Street and sponsored Hetty’s daughter, introducing her into society in her debutant year.
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    Default Ellis Island Immigrant Station - 1892 - 1897 Destroyed by Fire (1894 Images)















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