6. The Fish Building

the fish bulding grand concourse

The Fish Building, located at 1150 Grand Concourse, acquired its nickname decades ago as a result of the aquatic murals on its facade. The building was designed by Horace Ginsbern, who designed other Pre-War gems in the Bronx, in the Art Deco style and was constructed in 1937. Even more impressive than its facade, is its lobby. The lobby contains a red, green, and gold terrazzo floor, two murals by Rene and CP Graves, stained glass windows, and even beautifully ornamented walls and elevator doors.

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6 thoughts on “8 Architectural Gems along the Bronx’s Grand Concourse: County Courthouse, Post Office, Loew’s Paradise Theater, Poe Cottage

  1. There are a couple of inaccuracies in the Poe Cottage entry. Firstly it was in May of 1846 that the Poe family moved to Fordham. Poe’s wife, Virginia, passed away in the cottage on January 30th 1847. Poe Park was opened in 1902. The November 5th 1913 date was when the cottage was first opened to the public after having been moved onto Poe Park earlier that year.

  2. I am seeking to obtain a copy of James Monroe Hewlett’s mural (1932) call “Establishment of the Courts of Justice”. This mural depicts a jury trial in early America. The actual mural sits in the Bronx County Courthouse. Any assistance would be appreciated.

  3. Your information regarding Tremont Temple is INCORRECT. An aquaintence who is the great neice of the Cantor who served Tremont Temple from 1937 until his death in the early 1960’s has copies of the agreements of employment between the congregation and The Reverand Cantor Henry Heller. Should you want any further information please feel free to contact me and I will assist you in making contact.
    Herbert A. Cohn

    1. Cantor Henry Heller tutored me for my bar mitzvah which took place on June 19, 1943 at the nearby conservative synagogue Adath Israel. Incidentally, the Cantor there (Richard Tucker) then had the distinction of being known as ‘Jan Peerce’s brother-in-law’.
      I remember that Cantor Heller had been a Cantor in Germany before escaping to the Bronx. He told me that he was glad to be a Cantor at a Reform temple, because he had promised his grandfather that he would not ride on the Sabbath when he got to America. He could take the bus on Sunday to the reform temple.

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