An Inevitable Move Into A New Market

by Don Friedman on September 17, 2017

I did not know that LEGO was working on full-sized construction. Click on the picture above to enlarge it.

Visual Similarity

September 16, 2017

Attribution┬áIssamBarhoumi: Two of my posts in the last week have had visually similar images, containing the Escheresque effect of looking at a grid of vertical elements in perspective. I must have seen some pictures of the Grand Mosque at Testour, pictured above, or a similar building when I was a kid, because I remember desperately […]

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Cartesian Boxes

September 15, 2017

One of the oddities of researching early skyscrapers is trying to account for the occupancies. Why would someone build a high-rise* factory in the 1890s? Why would someone build a high-rise tenement? One of the oddest of the oddities is the way that insurance companies dominate the early skyscraper office buildings. New York Life, Metropolitan […]

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Code Intersectionality

September 12, 2017

There’s been some discussion in the last couple of weeks on the topic of Belgian Block paving – usually and somewhat incorrectly referred to as cobblestones – being impassable for people with mobility issues. A solution exists for this particular problem, which is to provide smoother pavement at crosswalks. This allows people in wheelchairs or […]

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Historic and Modern Structural and Non-Structural Detail

September 11, 2017

I hope the title is broad enough…I wouldn’t want to leave anything out. This is a probe in the facade of the penthouse of a 1920s apartment house. The exterior of the masonry facade has been stuccoed, which is why the background is so white. The pipe in the lower right corner is part of […]

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The Persistence of Stubborn Buildings

September 8, 2017

One more group of old photos, this time a Brooklyn-centric exhibit at BRIC.┬áIt so happens that one of the buildings pictured, and one of the two featured in the Brownstoner article, is the headquarters of the New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company. We were part of the team that worked on the recent […]

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The Persistence of Happier Memories

September 7, 2017

Old old and new old on Barclay Street: More comparisons of before-and-after photographs: here. They’re far less depressing than yesterday’s set for the simple reason that the current-day photographs show, mostly, buildings that are in still in use a hundred years or more since they were built. The exception is the last pair of photos: […]

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The Persistence of Memory

September 6, 2017

Imagine what the missing building looked like… Depending on my mood, this set of now-and-then photos is either horrifying or depressing. The Catskills resorts may have been cheesy, but a lot of people spent time at those places, as guests and as employees, and the resorts therefore hang on as a large body of people’s […]

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A Difficult Corner

August 31, 2017

The stone tangle in the picture is the intersection of a church spire (background), and two different styles of turret (foreground left and right). You can see a bit of the scaffold pipe at the top and bottom and some plywood beyond on the right. For reference and mental picturing, this is all about a […]

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Where You Find It

August 26, 2017

That’s the shed roof of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania train station as seen from the waiting area. Obviously I’m biased, but truss roofs have a certain beauty that more modern structures lack. There’s something about the repetition of strong lines combined with perspective…

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