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Looking Up on East 38th Street

21 July, 2015

The Author took a stroll along East 38th Street in Manhattan, craning her neck upwards to view curiosities on high, of which there are certainly plenty.

The author wonders: why does this former carriage house feature a bust of a bulldog at the top? The horses flanking the entrance make sense, but the bulldog perplexes (but delights!) her. Another curiosity: the house has undergone a very interesting interior conversion, which has been characterized as ‘Miami Vice meets Bond villain‘. A slight departure from the Flemish exterior, to be sure.

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The Art Deco Towne House apartment building is more spectacular the higher you look, with very cheerfully colored details on the tower.

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Superior detail photo borrowed from NewYorkitecture.com:
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Here we have the Jolly Madison hotel. Horrible name, but lovely Italianate tower. The Author’s new favorite website, NewYorkitecture, has links to a 1924 New York Times advertisement and an undated but probably 1920s photograph from the New York Library Digital Collection of the building, originally the ‘New York Fraternity Clubs Building’.

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The Corinthian apartment building certainly isn’t lacking in bay windows and reminds the author of the ‘corncob’ buildings in Chicago (formally known as Marina City)
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sally Jarvis permalink
    22 July, 2015 6:46 am

    Very interesting. Did the Diligent Observer ever have any connections with an architect?

    Charlotte Lancaster

  2. Dadork permalink
    25 July, 2015 10:42 pm

    Nice walk to work!
    Great pictures and research.

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