We need more tabacconists ...
I wonder if Macklowe is drooling to tear these down and replace them with Macklowe atrocities?
He would probably like nothing better.
Boy....they dont build them like that no more. Or will they ever for that matter. Thanks for the pixs MG!
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just a few more, as the weather improves I hope to add a lot.
Beautiful pictures MidtownGuy. I really like the one with the Flatiron Building in the background.
You most definitely have a talent in photography. I can't wait to see more.
They are beautiful... I love the deliberate angling to block out the uglies.
The photo at the corner of Lex is especially nice. The scene looks like stage set for a film set decades ago.
How long are those houses for this world? I can't place the red brick tower at the far corner.
On a walk down Lexington to 23rd I saw many such beautiful blocks.
I'm not sure about the brick tower's identity. There is another shot, I was very intrigued by it as well, amazing how that little semicircular bay window has such a provocative effect. It's magical.
Anyway here are a few more from that day.
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You're not holding out on us are you MG? This is such a wonderful thread so we don't want to miss out out on any more of your excellent shots if there are any.Anyway here are a few more from that day.
I may be mistaken but that red brick tower looks like Towne House, 108 E. 38th Street, a rental building owned by Carlyle Construction Corp.
I also think most, maybe all, of that block is landmarked in the Murray Hill Historic District.
June 9, 2002
Streetscapes/East 38th Street Between Park and Lexington Avenues; A Landmark Jumble of Styles
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY
THE Murray Hill Historic District, the city's newest, is a heterogeneous jumble of old brownstones, Edwardian town houses and Art Deco and Art Moderne apartment buildings. These varying elements, and others, come together on East 38th Street from Park to Lexington Avenues, with a blush of renovation activity but little change.
Development reached Murray Hill in the late 1850's, as the city's choice residential section burst the bounds of Washington Square, Gramercy Park and other enclaves. On East 38th Street the earliest houses are the charming little 1856 row at Nos. 116-120, simple 14-foot-wide brownstones set off from the street by a joint terrace.
According to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which designated the district -- a ragged rectangle stretching from 35th to 38th between Park and Lexington -- in January, they were built by a Dr. Hudson Kingsley. Kingsley does not appear in city directories at the time, and it is not clear what inspired the terrace design.
In the next decade the buildings became grander, like the 1865 row at 115-123 East 38th, built by the developer Timothy Churchill, and the Italianate-style row at 128-136 East 38th, built in 1869 by the developer Abraham B. Embury. These attracted tenants like the architect Robert H. Robertson, who was known for his rock-faced, Romanesque-style churches, including St. Luke's Church at 141st Street and Convent Avenue. Robertson lived at No. 117.
A fellow architect, David Jardine, lived at No. 136. His designs included commercial buildings like the old B. Altman department store at 19th Street and Sixth Avenue, now home to a Today's Man store.
Another resident was Thomas Boese, a lawyer active in civic affairs, who lived at No. 134. The 1870 census recorded the 40-year-old sculptor J. Q. A. Ward as a member of the Boese household. Ward was at the time achieving prominence for works like his 1869 ''Indian Hunter,'' the first American work of sculpture installed in Central Park, southwest of the Mall in the mid-60's.
East 38th was filled by the 1870's, and new building activity resumed only around the turn of the 20th century, when some owners redid the old brownstones as town houses. The most interesting one is the unusual double house at 122-124 East 38th, designed by Ralph Townsend for a regular client, William R. H. Martin, who was active in real estate development and was also head of the men's clothier Rogers Peet. Townsend also designed the Rogers Peet building, still standing at the northeast corner of 41st Street and Fifth Avenue.
In 1917 the architects William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich remodeled an old stable at 126 East 38th into their studio. From this suave, French renaissance-style building Delano & Aldrich designed elite houses and Upper East Side clubs like the Colony at Park and 62nd and the Union at Park and 69th, as well as the Art Deco Marine Air Terminal at La Guardia Airport in 1939.
Some new residents on East 38th altered the older brownstones into simpler styles. Among them was the actress Ida Adams, who starred in ''The Pink Lady'' in 1911 at the New Amsterdam theater on West 42nd Street and performed in various Ziegfeld productions. In 1919, she had the architects Warren & Clark strip off the old brownstone at 130 East 38th and replace it with tinted stucco and leaded glass windows. The 1920 census recorded the 32-year-old Adams in the house with her cook.
One of her neighbors was Aldrich, who lived in a little terraced building, No. 116, with his sister Amey and two servants, Lora Jamieson, 52, who had come from Norway in 1888, and Elizabeth Wald, 18, who had arrived from Germany in 1914.
ACROSS the street, at 121 East 38th, Dr. Charles Russell Lowell Putnam lived with his wife, Angelica. In the 1910's they adopted nine children as companions for their son Patrick, who had been born about 1905. Dr. Putnam was a specialist in childhood diseases and spent summers with his children on his farm on the north shore of Martha's Vineyard.
One of the most distinctive buildings in Murray Hill went up in 1930 at 108 East 38th: an Art Deco town house designed by Bowden & Russell with shaded, molded brick and a piquant splash of red, green, blue and yellow glazed terra cotta at its tower. The lobby still has some of its original nickel finish hardware, although later changes, especially the modern windows, have done much to compromise this remarkable structure.
After 1930 there were only incremental changes until things began picking up in the mid-1990's, when Barnett Brimberg, an art publisher, renovated the old Ida Adams house at No. 130. Mr. Brimberg erased the 1919 Warren & Clark front and rebuilt it in stucco into something like the original 1869 design. ''It was a nothing facade, so I felt that since it wasn't original, I could remove it,'' Mr. Brimberg said. In 1997, the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association gave the house a preservation award.
He did add something old, a rounded oak front door he bought from a salvage yard in Houston -- the dealer said it was from a Detroit mansion. The bulk of the facade is the kind of ersatz restoration that is sweeping the old brownstone districts -- the stucco used to imitate the brownstone is flat and lifeless compared with the original material. ''I wish it was better, but it's pretty good, and it's the best that can be done,'' Mr. Brimberg said.
But the quartered oak of the door is rich and deep with the divots and swirls of the wood, a pleasurable addition to the block.
Around the same time a music publisher, Carlin America, left its offices in the Brill Building at Broadway and 49th and bought the old Delano & Aldrich studio. It kept the facade as it was, but Robert Bienstock, senior vice president for business affairs, said that most of the interiors had been stripped long before the company moved in. It has installed cool modern interiors, with blond wood and white painted walls, surrounded by plaques with the names of songs for which it owns the copyright, including ''Santa Baby'' and ''Under the Boardwalk.''
A half dozen houses on the block are in various stages of renovation; most of the work was started before the landmark designation. The 1865 house at 115 East 38th has a glossy but handsome new paint job of green and cream, a gingery contrast with its strange spiral iron balustrade.
The corner house, No. 134, retains its 1920's Spanish-style front, quite similar to the one removed from No. 130, but there is a small rock garden in the areaway. The burbles from its little fountain are lost in the din of Lexington Avenue traffic, and some of the leaded windows facing the avenue have not been washed in some time. With all those cars racing past, who would bother?
At No. 122, the Earth Pledge Foundation, a group involved with environmentally sensitive architecture, is finishing what Leslie Hoffman, its executive director, called a ''green'' renovation, with energy-efficient lighting, low-water-consuming fixtures and natural-fiber rugs. The house was owned for a time by Charles and Mary Isham; she was the daughter of Robert Todd Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln's son.
Mr. Brimberg, the art publisher, said he was pleased with being part of the historic district. ''It's a great block, a beautiful block,'' he said. ''I like landmark designation. If your block is beautiful, people are friendlier, the street is more relaxed, there are fewer elbows out. In New York, that's particularly nice.''
Correction: August 11, 2002, Sunday The Streetscapes column on June 9, about 38th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, referred incorrectly to the building at No. 108. It is a residential hotel called the Town House; it is not a town house. A reader's letter dated July 30 pointed out the error.