Starting this week from Canal Street Station where I stopped last time on Don’t Forget to Look Up, I walked up through SoHo and NoHo to Union Square. At the beginning the architecture was the same, more columns and Classical inspired buildings, but as I got to the SoHo area, amongst the bustle of shoppers I discovered lots of treasures. Here are a couple of the beautiful bits you don’t see when shopping in Soho:
427 Broadway was the first building which caught my eye this week: it continues the classical inspiration with the arcaded facade and the pedimented top, using the arches as windows gives the building a very light, open feeling.
434 Broadway’s large pilasters spanning four floors, contrasted by the tiny colonnettes on each floor make for a visually interesting faÃ§ade:
What I liked so much about the facade of 446 was how dirty and run down it looked. It just gave the building a bit of character, as well as half the faÃ§ade being covered by a fire escape!
When viewed from this angle pedestrians get to see the contrast between the simple brick of 487 Broadway and the ornate faÃ§ade which is supposed to hide that from the public:
Any New York building with a pitched roof fascinates me. The New Era Building, built in the Art Nouveau Style gains a French feel with its copper mansard roof and stands out amongst all the Italian inspired buildings in the area.
The building on the corner of broadway and Broome perfectly sums up the Italian Palazzo inspired architecture in the area:
512 Broadway offers another architectural type with a simpler facade decked with Art Deco features. It was refreshingly simple amidst all the columns and ornamentation in the area:
I’m a big fan of ornamentation and the next few blocks were filled with beautiful buildings with a lot of detail:
Details of the faÃ§ades of 530 and 532:
Again, in a completely different style to the surrounding ornate Italianate architecture, the simple stone carved facade of 540 offers variation to the skyline. The looping carving reminded me more of a celtic ironwork than anything else:
Caryatid like sculptures watching from above on the faÃ§ade of 542:
The two toned faÃ§ade of 537/541 helps to distinguish the two addresses from each other:
Another pitched roof which drew my eyes heavenwards the Rouss Building at 549-555 by William Jacob Dilthy:
You can’t miss the little decorations at the top of the building reaching up into the sky:
The simplicity of having just huge towering pilasters on 636 make for a simple yet effective faÃ§ade:
The block between Bleeker and Bond has two contrasting rows of facades. Whereas the right hand side of the street continues with the arcading and columns, the left hand side although uniformed is encrusted with elaborate architectural features and balconies:
The two long brickwork faÃ§ades at the corner of Bond and Broadway really make a statement both for the color of the building as well as the sheer length of it:
Although similar to the previous faÃ§ades with tall columns and high arches what differentiates the faÃ§ade of E 4th and Broadway is that all of the decoration is set into the brickwork of the building, including pilasters rather than columns separating the arches:
The Keller Building at 722 Broadway designed by Francis A. Minuth clings tall and skinny to its modern neighbor. Victorian era faces in the faÃ§ade watch passers by from the pitch roofed building.
What intrigued me most about 752 Broadway were the scrolls underneath the cornice of the building looking a bit like giant architectural cinnamonrolls!
The corner of E11th and Broadway added another country of inspiration with a more Ottoman/Venetian feel with the windows on the upper three floors:
Everyone know the ‘Strand’ bookstore…but how many people know what it looks like above?
And when you come out of the Strand Bookshop look up to 828 Broadway towering over you with the giant arches set into the facade:
My final stop before reaching Union Square was the corner of W13th and Broadway with the seemingly giant acorn at the top of the corner-this ‘little’ feature certainly makes you look at the building being a curiosity in the skyline:
Stay tuned for the next article in the series, “Don’t Forget to Look Up”!