Located at 5 Beekman Street, Temple Court has been closed to the public for many years. This architectural gem sits across the street from the Potter Building, which I dutifully drew last year.
The facade caught my eye because I have a soft place in my heart for brick buildings from the late 1880s. Something about the attention to detail and the ornate carvings really make me stop in my tracks. For this doodle I wanted to capture the intricate triangle and semi-circle arches over the windows, as well as the enormous skylight that caps off an impressive 9-story atrium.
A private developer recently bought this building and is turning it into condos and hotel rooms. It is scheduled to open in 2014. I hope the architectural details that make this building so special are preserved.
Have a great week!