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Wave Hill, The Bronx NY

The Pergola

The Pergola

Wave Hill is a public garden that is owned by the City of New York.  It is comprised of two adjacent estates – Wave Hill House and Glyndor House.

Glyndor House

Glyndor House

Glyndor House is used as an art gallery.

Wave Hill House

Wave Hill House

When I visited, Wave Hill House was undergoing extensive renovations.   Both houses are on a hill, above the Hudson River and overlooking the Palisades.

Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades

Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades

Both houses have had quite a history with many prominent owners and visitors.  See http://www.wavehill.org/about/history/  for a full history of the site.   This garden is well worth the visit – the grounds are just glorious!

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

A Garden View

A Garden View

Click here to see more of my photos of Wave Hill.

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Grand Central Terminal, New York NY

Front Facade

Front Facade

In 1903, a select group of architects were invited to submit designs for the new Grand Central Terminal in a competition. The winning submission, however, was from the St. Paul firm of Reed and Stem.  Reed and Stem had done other work for the New York Central, and Reed’s sister was married to William Wilgus, who by that time was the New York Central’s Vice President in charge of  construction.  Subsequent to the competition, New York architects Warren and Wetmore presented the selection committee with their own proposal for the terminal.  Warren — a cousin of New York Central Chairman William Vanderbilt — succeeded in his “appeal.”  In February 1904, Warren and Wetmore and Reed and Stem entered an agreement to act as The Associated Architects of Grand Central Terminal.  Construction would last ten years.   (This wording is from: http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/info/grandcentralterminal.cfm)

 

 

Monumental Statue and Tiffany Clock

Monumental Statue and Tiffany Clock

To give you a feel for the scale of this building, the Louis C. Tiffany Glass Clock is 13 feet in diameter.

Main Hall

Main Hall

Grand Central Terminal officially opened on Sunday, February 2, 1913,and has been a hub of activity ever since.

Main Hall Ceiling

Main Hall Ceiling

 

Relief detail over windows

Relief detail over windows

 

This ceiling was cleaned and restored in the late 1990’s.

 

Light Fixtures around Main Hall

Light Fixtures around Main Hall

All of the lighting fixtures are plated in gold.  I love the form of these and how they float over the passenger ramps.

 

Lighting fixtures over ramps

Lighting fixtures over ramps

 

Lighting fixtures in Vanderbilt Hall

Lighting fixtures in Vanderbilt Hall

 

Vanderbilt Hall had been the main waiting room for the terminal, now it serves as an exhibition and special events space.

 

Outside the Oyster Bar

Outside the Oyster Bar

The ceiling inside and outside of the famous Oyster Bar was done by Guastavino.  The tile is not only decorative, it is structural.

Elaborate marble carving

Elaborate marble carving

The marble in the terminal was carved by a number of skilled artisans and sculptors.

 

Campbell Apartment 1

Campbell Apartment 1

The Campbell Apartment was originally office space for New York Central Investor and 1920’s tycoon John W. Campbell.   The Campbell Apartment has been fully restored to reveal its original architectural details.  It now serves as a cocktail lounge.

Campbell Apartment Fireplace

Campbell Apartment Fireplace

 

Campbell Apartment Ceiling

Campbell Apartment Ceiling

 

Front Facade at night

Front Facade at night

I see many similarities between the facade of the Idle Hour Tennis Court (below) and the Facade of Grand Central Terminal.  The Idle Hour Tennis court was designed by Warren & Wetmore in 1903-1904, immediately prior to their appeal to design Grand Central Terminal in 1904.

 

South Facade Tennis Court Wing of Idle Hour

South Facade Tennis Court Wing of Idle Hour

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Park Avenue Armory, NYC

I visited the Park Avenue Armory on October 27, 2011. The Armory is located at Park Avenue at 66th Street in NYC.  During my visit the exterior of the building, and several interior rooms were being renovated. It was also raining outside.   I apologize for the darkness of these photos.  It was the best I could do with the scaffolding blocking windows and the general gloom from the rain.

My primary purpose for visiting the Armory was to visit the Library / Silver Room and the Veterans Room.  These two rooms were designed in 1880 and feature interiors designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Associated Artists.  They are the only fully extant interiors by Louis C. Tiffany, Associated Artists in the world

The Associated Artists, was a cooperative firm of artists led by Tiffany and included Samuel Colman, Lockwood de Forest and Candace Wheeler with consulting architect Stanford White and artists George Yewell and Francis D. Millet.

I hope these photos entice you to learn more about this wonderful institution and the other interiors it has that were designed by other prominent Nineteenth Century artists.  For more information click here.

The Veterans Room

Veterans Room Fireplace

Veterans Room Fireplace

 

Veterans Room Fireplace Mantle Detail

Veterans Room Fireplace Mantle Detail

 

Veterans Room Ceiling Detail

Veterans Room Ceiling Detail

 

Veterans Room Paneling Detail

Veterans Room Paneling Detail

 

Veterans Room Lighting Fixture Detail

Veterans Room Lighting Fixture Detail

 

Veterans Room looking towards Silver Room

Veterans Room looking towards Silver Room

The Library / Silver Room

Silver Trophies in the Silver Room / Library

Silver Trophies in the Silver Room / Library

 

Lighting Fixture in Silver Room / Library

Lighting Fixture in Silver Room / Library

 

To see more photos (most darker than these) see my Park Avenue Armory Flickr page.

 

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